Lectio: Monday, Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Readings of the day: RB 2:11-15; Col. 1:24-2:3; Resp. Psalm 62; Luke 6:6-11
Those who read the Qualities of the Abbess listed by Saint Benedict see clearly that the one chosen to care for and guide her sisters in community in their search for God has a daunting responsibility. Today we hear that the Abbess leads primarily by the example she sets; then by the words used in her teaching. Put another way, the Abbess is called to practice what she preaches.
Abbess Kathy and Sr Karen at Sr Karen's Solemn ProfessionAs we enter into this week of work and service, perhaps we can ask ourselves—how will I give witness to Christ, the hope for glory? What will I do specifically to encourage the hearts of others brought together in love, more by example than by words?
Lord of compassion and love, grant me the grace to live by your Word; to be a healing presence with gentleness and kindness; to save life rather than destroy it. You are my stronghold and refuge.