--of which, once promised, he must try to make his deeds the true reflection--
and also chastity and the renunciation of ownership." --The Rule, Chapter 4
If we are in service to the Master, then is the Prior the one who now stands in this same place, as a living reminder of our commitment to Christ and obedience to Him? Is our obedience to Christ the primary cornerstone of living in allegiance to Him? What does it mean that obedience itself holds such a primary place and, are we living a community of humble obedience? or are we living a community of congenial independents, of decision makers living under a more or less present threat of being forced by obedience to act against our private will? Do we give obedience and what proper obedience means as friar and prior, sufficient attention and thought?
Specific answers may not be ready-at-hand, and that in itself is a very meaningful point. By claiming 'First' to require that we have a prior to whom we promise obedience, Albert is telling the brothers of Mt. Carmel that this issue is, for him, first above all others and should be central to our discernment and practice in living this Way of Life.