“ Masonry in action is a group of men at work seeking to overcome the spirits of selfishness and immorality.”
IN OUR MIDST we often see members of our Craft who narrowly reflect the veritable characteristics of a true Freemason. Many, in fact, if not most, have considered themselves already as fullblooded Masons just by finishing the Third Degree. Whew!
In the technical sense, actually, they are. Anybody who was initiated, passed, and raised, can indeed be considered a Master Mason and as such may savor the rights and privileges of the esteemed members of the Craft.
In the deeper and significant sense, however, they, still, are not.
It is another big journey more daunting than the previous, but doubtlessly achievable if one is willing to follow the Fraternity’s edicts for moral and upright existence to the least letter. The resources are countless: working tools, obligations, lectures, charges, etc.
Take heed. The ball’s in your court.
How’s your demeanor in the lodge? Do you spread the cement of Brotherly Love, or, do you cause the dissension and discord?
In your community, do you radiate the spirit of Masonry through charity, relief and exemplary behavior, or, do you simply think that you are now above the rest?
How is your faith? Do you still find time for spiritual devotions?
Lastly, how is your relationship with your family? Are you a faithful spouse, a devoted father, a helping relative, or none of the above?
*** “So that when a person is said to be a Mason, the world may know that he is one to whom the burdened heart may pour out its sorrows; one to whom distress may prefer its suit; one whose hand is guided by justice, and whose heart is expanded by benevolence.”
Maybe now is the time for us to pause, take stock and ask ourselves whether indeed we have become better men or worse.
“I should not be so consumed with envy that I resent the achievements of others.”