The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 43 part 1
An intention that undergirds each and every one of our Father Benedict's instructions is to further spiritual formation. The instructions in this passage are no exception. Discipline is applied to the latecomer, not because he really messes up the vibe, but because "nothing . . . [is to] be put before the Work of God."
As a person who is rarely early, I can easily recognize the preferences and choices that result in my being tardy, and, if I'm honest, they are nearly always self-interested in nature. I find what Sr. Joan writes to be true, that "Tardiness . . . denies the soul the full experience of anything."
St. Mary Magdalene did not remain in bed on the morning of the third day, but went early to the tomb and experienced the Risen Christ before the other apostles. She preferred nothing to the Divine call on her life even when all hope was lost, and she was rewarded by hearing the sweet voice of her Master speak her name and send her out in apostolic commission.
As Benedictines, we are called to consciously prefer and choose the Opus Dei, the communal praying of the office, over whatever else seems to demand our time and attention. This is the Divine call on our lives. It is where we will hear our Master's voice speaking to and through our souls.