From the Master of Kadosh (April, 2009)

posted May 14, 2015, 2:31 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 14, 2015, 2:31 PM ]
This month we celebrate Maundy Thursday at Scottish Rite. For the Chapter of Rose Croix, it's the biggest event of the year. For the Consistory, it's an event we enthusiastically support. I understand that we are doing the Remembrance Ceremony this year, so be sure to attend with your wife or significant other.
The two major religious holidays we observe in the US during this time are Easter and Passover. The stories recounted for these holidays are interesting and inspiring, whether you consider them from a religious, philosophical, or historical point-of-view. Both stories tell of facing and overcoming powerful injustice, in the end rising above what you were to a new height of being.
Doesn't that sound inspiring? Doesn't that make you want to read the story of the Exodus or the Resurrection? Well, that's the idea.
At this time of year, I enjoy watching Cecil B. DeMille's movie The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brenner as Ramses. I like the eloquent language the actors speak. For example, Prince Ramses says of Moses, "The city he builds shall bear my name, the woman he loves shall bear my child." If the movie doesn't come on TV at a convenient time, I watch my copy of the Director's Cut 50th Anniversary edition video.
Because the Exodus and Ten Commandments stories are written in the so-called Old Testament, they are legacies of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. On the other hand, the story of Jesus' resurrection on Easter morning seems to have been interpreted as a Christian-only event. It's just my opinion, but I think that notion is too restrictive.
Paul, an early convert to the fledgling Christian movement and eventually one of its key leaders, did not limit resurrection to Christians. In Acts 24:15, Paul says that this mystical, unexplained phenomenon -- the transformation of dead mortals into the living immortals -- applies to everybody, all human beings. That comes from somebody who was there at the beginning, who was in a position to understand the original idea and intention.
Essentially, Easter symbolizes the concept that death is not the end, rather the next step in one's continuing existence. Since death is a part of life, and each of us will pass though the experience some day, then this message is clearly for everybody. The Easter story does not attempt to answer all of your questions. Yet it does offer you hope, comfort, and encouragement.
 Check out these stories for yourself. Every Mason has a Bible. Open yours and enjoy reading it.

Daniel Doornbos