From the Venerable Master (May, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 6:17 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 6:18 PM ]

Brethren,

The hour-glass is an emblem of human life. We can not without astonishment behold the little particles, which the machine contains, pass away almost imperceptibly. Yet to our surprise in the short space of an hour all are exhausted, thus wastes human life. At the end of mans shortest hour, death strikes the blow, and hurries him off the stage to his long and darksome resting place. Let the emblems of mortality which lie before you lead you to contemplate your inevitable destiny and guide your reflection to that most interesting of human study- the knowledge of yourself. 
Be careful to perform your allotted task while it is yet day; continue to listen to the voice of nature which bears witness that even in this perishable frame resides a vital and immortal principal which inspires a holy confidence that the Lord of Life will enable us to trample the King of Terrors beneath our feet and lift our eyes to the brightest Morning Star, whose rising brings peace and salvation to the faithful and obedient of the human race. Whose soul is ( If one may so express it) Universal and well contracted; and who despises no man on account of his country or religion but is ready at all times to convince the world that truth, brotherly love and relief are the grand principals on which he acts. 
Lord help us to live every day as we will wish we had when we come to die. Make our fleeting life rich in usefulness, eager yet unhurried on high tasks intent, dauntless in loyalty, vision-led and love-anointed, 'til the dusk enwraps and Death hangs his sickle at our garden gate. When the day is done, sometime, somewhere, at Thy behest, give us to see what here is dim, and by Thy grace, render a higher service in a clearer light.
For today and every day.
The mosaic pavement was found before the porch of King Solomon's Temple. 
Fortunate are they who can draw near onto it, as also onto the porch. 

Fraternally, 
Joseph DaSilva,
Venerable Master