Tidings from the West
Brothers, I hope that you have had the opportunity over the past few weeks, while our Lodge has been dark, to enjoy family, friends and some time for refreshment and repose. Additionally, it is my hope that as we return to the light of the Lodge, that you are rejuvenated and ready to labor for the wages of a mason. In nature, as we come, unprepared, from an extended period in darkness suddenly, into the light, we find that our vision can be momentarily impaired until our eyes have an opportunity to adjust to the light. Let us prepare our eyes to behold the light of the lodge as we return to it in September. To that end, here are a few thoughts on light.
Goethe was one of the myriad-minded men of our race, and a devout member of our gentle Craft. When he lay dying, as the soft shadow began to fall over his mind, he said to a friend watching over his bed : “open the window and let in more light!” The last request of a great poet-Mason is the first quest of every Mason.
If one were asked to sum up the meaning of Masonry in one word, the only word equal to the task is - light! From its first lesson to its last lecture, in every degree and every symbol, the mission of Masonry is to bring the light of God into the life of man. It has no other aim, knowing that when the light shines the truth will be revealed.
A Lodge of Masons is a House of Light. Symbolically it has no roof but the sky, open to all the light of nature and of grace. As the sun rises in the East to open and rule the day, so the Master rises in the East to open and guide the Lodge in its labor. All the work of the Lodge is done under the eye and in the name of God, obeying Him who made the great lights, whose mercy endureth forever.
To the door of the Lodge comes the seeker after Light, hoodwinked and groping his way - asking to be led out of shadows into realities; out of darkness into light. All initiation is “Bringing Men To Light,” teaching them to see the moral order of the world in which they must learn their duty and find their true destiny. It is the most impressive drama on earth, a symbol of the Divine education of man. So, through all its degrees, its slowly unfolding symbols, the ministry of Masonry is to make men “Sons Of Light” - men of insight and understanding who know their way and can be of help to others who stumble in the dark. Ruskin was right: “To See Clearly is Life, Art, Philosophy and Religion - All In One.” When the light shines the way is plain, and the highest service to humanity is to lead men out of the confused life of the senses into the light of moral law and spiritual faith.
Welcome back to our Lodge of Masons. Welcome back to the House of light.
SW F.L. “Jim” Lee, Jr. , Senior Warden