From the Commander, Council of Kadosh (April, 2013)

posted May 26, 2015, 8:27 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 8:28 PM ]
Spring is here! I know because I saw it on the calendar. And they announced it 
on the news. Lots of things happen in the spring. People celebrate holidays like Easter  and Passover. I celebrate by watching Cecil B. DeMille's epic drama "The Ten Commandments." It used to be that I had to wait for it to come on TV. But then I got the four-hour movie on VHS tape. They made that flick back in 1956 and it's better than most of the movies I have seen since.
I enjoy spring because I can watch my fruit trees blossom, leaf out and set their fruit. Each tree has different color blossoms, leaves, and of course fruit. My rose bushes are leafing out and forming their first blooms. It will be 
another week or so until the first ones open. Just like the fruit trees, I have roses in a variety of colors. And the traditional collection of aphids.
Not all of my fruit trees are deciduous. I have a beautiful Valencia orange tree that has a generous crop of oranges. They won't ripen until the weather warms up. But they are nice to look at in the meantime. And I have other flowers, too. Lots of little yellow dandelions in my lawn. I suppose most home gardeners hate dandelions. They go for the monochromatic look... a lawn of all one color, and hopefully it's green. What's wrong with a little accent color?
Spring also means the days are getting longer and the temperature warmer. That's the reason the plants respond by growth and renewed life. Spring also brings an episode of growth and renewed life, of a somewhat different kind.
The month of April will see the Scottish Rite Spring Reunion. What does that have to do with spring? Besides happening in the spring? At Scottish Rite we learn about lots of cool stuff. We learn a lot more about the historic context of the Hiramic Legend, such as what it was like to live in the days of King Solomon, the issues and concerns of the people, and what it meant to be a Tenth Century BCE Israelite.
If you were expecting me to say more about that in this article, sorry. The whole reason for mentioning it was to kindle your interest in attending and participating in the Spring Reunion. Seriously, if it's been a while since you've seen the Scottish Rite Degrees, conferred or communicated, you should come and watch. Learn those things that might spark a spring-like renewal within you.
You often hear about the importance of sideliners. What a good impression it makes for candidates to see people present at the Degree even if they don't have a part in the ritual. That's true. No argument here. But there's another reason. Those sideliners are returning members who witness the Degrees right alongside the candidates. They hear the same dialog, especially since we have the new sound system with the wireless microphones. And we have slides with historical pictures and symbolic images. And you have a chance to relive your own experience as a candidate. You might just like it better this time, too.
Why make the effort to drive to the Scottish Rite Center? Is it worth the time to sit through a Degree and miss your favorite rerun on cable TV? Renewing acquaintances and making new friends. Are those worthwhile activities? Those are questions you will answer for yourself this month.

Daniel Doornbos
Council of Kadosh