From the Master of Kadosh (June, 2015)

posted May 31, 2015, 3:22 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 31, 2015, 3:25 PM ]


Let me start by welcoming our newest 32º Masters of the Royal Secret!  We have conferred our Degrees and our reunion is over.  My compliments to all the members of the degree teams for their outstanding efforts in putting on these degrees.  Well done.
For a bit of “June” Masonic history/trivia, on June 4th, 1820, President-to-be James K. Polk was initiated in Columbia Lodge No. 31 in Columbia, Tennessee.  On June 5th, 1923, the ground breaking took place for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandra, VA.  (If you ever have the opportunity, you should visit.  And I always encourage that we give generously to support this preeminent Masonic edifice.)  On June 11th, 1986, the Grand Lodge of England required the removal of references to the physical penalties from all obligations.  On June 20th, 1881, Albert G. Mackey, Masonic author and Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America was called from labor.  On June 23rd, 1780, Wolfgang Goethe was initiated in Amalia Lodge, Weimer, Germany.  On this same date in the year 1717, what is referred to as the premiere Grand Lodge was formed in London, at the Goose and Gridiron Ale-house.  Also on this same date in 1734, Benjamin Franklin became Grand Master of what would be known as the “Moderns” Grand Lodge in Pennsylvania.  And, on June 28th, 1901, President-to-be Warren G. Harding was initiated in Marion Lodge No. 70 in Ohio.  Obviously there are other Masonic events of note that have happened in June, but they are too numerous to mention.  Hopefully, you find those I did mention of interest to you.
You can do your part to ensure that our Scottish Rite bodies make a difference with the contribution of your various talents.  And, if you don’t think you have a talent to contribute, I’d like to relate the following story:


There was a man who played piano in a bar. He was a good piano player and people came out just to hear him play. But one night, a patron told him he didn't want to hear him just play anymore. He wanted him to sing a song. 
The man said, "I don't sing." 
But the customer was persistent. He told the bartender, "I'm tired of listening to the piano. I want that guy to sing!" 
The bartender shouted across the room, "Hey buddy! If you want to get paid, sing a song. The patrons are asking you to sing!" 
So he did. He sang a song. A piano player who had never sung in public did so for the very first time. And nobody had ever heard the song “Mona Lisa” sung the way it was sung that night by Nat King Cole! 
He had talent he was sitting on! He may have lived the rest of his life as a no-name piano player in a no-name bar, but because he had to sing, he went on to become one of the best-known entertainers in America. 
You, too, have skills and abilities. You may not feel as if your "talent" is particularly great, but it may be better than you think! And with persistence, most skills can be improved. Besides, you may as well have no ability at all if you sit on whatever talent you possess! The better question is not "What ability do I have that is useful?" It is rather "How will I use whatever ability I do have?" 
John Lubbock once said, “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”  And to quote Brother Ben Franklin, “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”  Come down and be willing to discover and/or utilize your talents.  Your presence matters.  See you on Tuesday night!

Bud Ramsey
Master of Kadosh