From the Wise Master (April 2019)

posted Mar 29, 2019, 7:44 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

It is the time of the year we observe Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday. It is the celebration of resurrection of Christ from the dead as described in the New Testament.

We, Scottish Rite Masons, Knights of Rose Croix in particular, observe “Maundy Thursday” on the Thursday before Easter. “Maundy” is the name of the Christian rite of foot washing which commemorates Christ washing the feet of his apostles during the last supper, as Christ gives them a new commandment “That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another” John 13:349

Maundy Thursday reminds us that leadership is a service, we are commended to love one another, and through Wisdom we shall have immortality. Brotherly Love is defined as “fraternal affection” extended to all mankind, regardless of race, religion, social class or educational status. Freemasons consider that there is only one race – the human race, and all men are Brothers. The Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God.

Leadership, Service and Immortality through Wisdom, reminds me Albert Pike’s writing in Morals and Dogma “no free government can long endure, when the people cease to select for their magistrates the best and the wisest of their statesmen; when, passing these by, they permit factions or sordid interests to select for them the small, the low, the ignoble, and the obscure, and into such hands commit the country's destinies. There is, after all, a "divine right" to govern; and it is vested in the ablest, wisest, best, of every nation. "Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding: I am power: by me kings do reign, and princes decree justice; by me princes rule, and nobles, even all the magistrates of the earth."

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike