The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 35 part 1
I am struck by the opening lines of this chapter:
Let the brethren serve one another,
and let no one be excused from the kitchen service . . .
For this service brings increase of reward and of charity.
There is a powerful connection here to the essence of Christ's own humility as one who is "Lord" and "Teacher" and who stoops to take on the lowest task in the community. Our Father Benedict understands that a visceral, tactile experience of humble service on the part of everyone in the community animates the very Spirit of Christ in our midst.