From the Wise Master (April, 2013)

posted May 26, 2015, 8:17 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 8:17 PM ]

Greetings!

April is here and we’ll see if we get those famous showers that are supposed to bring for the May flowers.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter.  It has been awhile since Easter has been so early.
I want to thank everyone that attended the Maundy Thursday Observance Event on the 28th of last month.  We had a good turnout and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  If you were there, you heard me talk about the “Golden Rule”, often quoted as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  I was asked to include this in my article.  The Golden Rule gets “looked at” or interpreted in more than one way.  The emphasis in each case is based on “reciprocal behavior”.  The positive interpretation goes something like “We should treat other people the way we would like to be treated” or “We should NOT treat others in a way that we would not want to be treated”.  Many turn it around to something like, “I’m going to do it to him before he has a chance to do it to me.”  Some also look at it as “They have done this to me, so I will do it to them”.
You can find references to support any of these interpretations.  For example, “An eye for an eye” would support the latter…they did this so I will do this in return.  Revenge being justified as reciprocal treatment.  In fact, this whole “Do unto others” can be found in almost any religion in some form or another and in almost every ethnic tradition.  On the Thursday of the Last Supper Christ said, “A new Commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.”  This takes the Golden Rule to the level of treating others well, and doing well by them, without expectation of any reciprocal behavior.  
Unconditional love.  I know there are some here that have used the term “Agape love”.  We’re talking about kindness and genuine caring with no strings attached.  When you do something out of unconditional love, you don’t need or expect anything in return, not even a thank you.  And such it is that we, as Scottish Rite Masons, should endeavor to condition ourselves to meet this higher call I again want to thank all of those in the cast who put forth an effort to make this a successful event.  I really do appreciate it.
Beginning this month we’ll begin the conferral of our Degrees starting with the 4th Degree on April 9th.  This is also our  normal meeting night.  Please show your support by being in attendance and don’t forget to RSVP for dinner.  

See you on Tuesday night!
Bud Ramsey
Wise Master