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Today’s Reading from the Rule of Benedict

November 12, 2009

TODAY’S READING FROM THE RULE OF BENEDICT

Chapter 35: On the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen

Let the brethren serve one another,
and let no one be excused from the kitchen service
except by reason of sickness
or occupation in some important work.
For this service brings increase of reward and of charity.
But let helpers be provided for the weak ones,
that they may not be distressed by this work;
and indeed let everyone have help,
as required by the size of the community
or the circumstances of the locality.
If the community is a large one,
the cellarer shall be excused from the kitchen service;
and so also those whose occupations are of greater utility,
as we said above.
Let the rest serve one another in charity.

The one who is ending his week of service
shall do the cleaning on Saturday.
He shall wash the towels
with which the brethren wipe their hands and feet;
and this server who is ending his week,
aided by the one who is about to begin,
shall wash the feet of all the brethren.
He shall return the utensils of his office to the cellarer
clean and in good condition,
and the cellarer in turn shall consign them to the incoming server,
in order that he may know
what he gives out and what he receives back.


It is a very priestly and sacramental task to feed people. Not for nothing did Jesus leave us with a Meal to remember Him by, to remain among us as well! Not for nothing is the image of heaven a banquet.
When we cook for (or clean up after!) our family and friends we are partaking in one of the fullest representations of the
serving Christ.

+ Daily Reflection from Brother Jerome, OSB

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