The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 31 Pt. 2
This second half of Chapter 31 conveys to me a spirit of hearth and home that our Father Benedict seeks to instill in the Benedictine community. The gentle organization and the humble carrying out of the cellarer's duties remind me of households I have known wherein love, courtesy, and peace describe the family culture. There are no power plays, no passive-aggression weaving through the daily interactions.
The cellarer's instructions here point to the heart of Christian authority as self-sacrificial service. The cellarer serves in the idiom of Christ in the midst of a needy community. Matthew 20: 25-28 lays it out:
But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."