From the Venerable Master (December 2017)

posted Dec 13, 2017, 3:12 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

My Brothers,

As I look through the degrees of the Scottish Rite I have found the greatest value in the 29th and 30th degrees. The 29th leads us through one of life’s hardest trials: Not backing down from your beliefs. Also in the 29th we have to interpret what it means to live and die in the service of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.

What does that mean? Does that mean that we make a solid oath to continue paying dues; or does it mean that we are to diligently study our work and never back down from your beliefs? In both the 29th and 30th the threat of death is eminent in the beginning and by the end of the degree it is simply an inescapable part of life.

In the span of our knighthood have we given in to a crown not meant by us; or did we stand up against the tyranny and imposture imposed by any type of dictatorship? Have we stood up to those willing to oppress the people using religion as their reason? Are we prepared to give our life for the freedom of all from religious persecution? Are we prepared to stand up to those willing to strip away our government and our way of life? Or are we willing to stand idly by and let oppression and tyranny destroy or values?

In the 30th degree the Frank Judge says that we must look at the opinions of ourselves and others only so far as to see that they are consistent with reverential love for the Deity, affection for our fellow men, regard for their rights, and detestation of imposture and tyranny. Beyond these - we have no right to ask what you believe.

The bottom line of Masonry is that our work is meant to teach something that is to be a constant study and a constant work through life. We live and die in the service of the Scottish Rite, ourselves and others.

Martin Maxey
Venerable Master