From the Master of Kadosh (December, 2015)

posted Dec 12, 2015, 3:06 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 3:24 PM ]

Greetings Everyone!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Joyful holiday to all.  We successfully completed our Fall Reunion and my compliments to all who took part.  The Degree Teams did well and it was nice to have so many of you on the side lines.  I think the candidates experienced well-presented degrees and gained a lot from the experience.
Again I offer a bit of Masonic history/trivia for December.  On December 4th, 1730, Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette included news about several Lodges of Freemasons meeting in the “province” and he was not a Freemason yet.  On December 9th, 1999, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of D.C. voted to recognize the Grand Lodge of D.C.    On December 14th, 1994, the United Grand Lodge of England issued a statement that it found the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts (the source of all Prince Hall Masonry in the United States) to be regular and deserving of recognition.  In the month of December the following Grand Lodges were formed:  Washing State in 1858, North Carolina in 1787, Wyoming in 1874, Georgia in 1786, Idaho in 1867, New Jersey in 1786, Wisconsin in 1843, South Carolina in 1783, Louisiana in 1813, and Texas in 1837.  A good month for Freemasonry.  On December 26th, 1972, Harry S. Truman, former President of the United States, Past Grand Master of Missouri, and a very active Freemason, died. He had requested a Masonic funeral, but instead the government, which handled the details, permitted a short Masonic ceremony during the funeral service.  As before, there are other Masonic events of note that happened in December but I hope the one’s that I chose were of interest to you.
Having completed our Reunion, we should be taking the new Scottish Rite Masons under our wing to guide and assist them in their search for light.  I want to share with you the following story:

Two Horses

by An Unknown Author
Just up the road from home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.  If you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting...one of the horses is blind.  His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has given him a safe and comfortable barn to live in.  This alone is pretty amazing.
But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field.  Attached to the horse's halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.
As you stand and watch these two friends you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray.  When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, the Great Architect does not throw us away just because we are not perfect. Or because we have problems or challenges.  He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who the Great Architect places in our lives.  And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.
Let’s work together to give and receive guidance from one another.  See you at our Tuesday night meeting and dinner!  I wish you 
blessings of the season!

Bud Ramsey, Master of Kadosh