Lectio Lights from the Monastery

Reflections for the Day

Lights from Our Lectio:
The Gospel applied using the Prism of the Rule of St. Benedict

I am the light of the world (John 8:12).  The Gospel captures the light of Christ so that we might meet Him and see ourselves and our world through the light of His love and being.

St. Benedict applies the Gospel to daily living; through the prism of his Rule, separating the light of Christ into “various colors” as through a prism, allowing us to experience the light of Christ in various, pragmatic ways. 

May you find the light of Christ further refracted through our prayer and lectio, enlightening your mind and warming for your heart.

Reflection for day listed here below…

Saturday, April 28

Saturday, Third Week of Easter

“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
(from John 6:60-69)

The above quote was the response of some of the disciples to Jesus declaring Himself as the Bread that came down from heaven.  Jesus had just said that whoever would eat His flesh and drink His blood would have eternal life.  We can sympathize with the people who couldn’t believe these claims.

But Jesus’ response is more amazing as these people walk away and no longer follow Him.  One would expect that He would call them back and explain to them that He was speaking in allegory, not to take it literally, that He was speaking symbolically, that as long as they were gathered together in His name, He was present there.

Instead He asked the others if they were also going to leave.

This is the basis of our Catholic faith in the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. 

Come, let us worship!