As the dog days of summer seem to drag on we are ever hopeful that Jupiter Light Lodge will be able to open in September. It has been a difficult year but, thanks to W:. M:. Mark Murray’s leadership and stewardship we have remained in good hands and active via phone calls and many e-mails. As soon as W:.M:. Mark is satisfied that we can meet in a manner that will not endanger the lives of our brethren the craft will be back at labor.
Buddy Berrisford has been working with many of us on the Entered Apprentice Catechism. In that degree the three lesser lights have an important symbolic role. I am excerpting and article by Robert Herd. Robert Herd P.M. is a Founding and Charter Member of Enlightenment Lodge 198, a Traditional Observance lodge in Colorado Springs, Colorado currently serving as Chairman of Masonic Education. In 2012 he served as Grand Orator for the Grand Lodge of Colorado. He is a Past Master of Tejon Lodge 104 in Colorado Springs, and also an Associate Member of Lodge of Living Stones #4957 in Leeds England founded by W.L. Wilmshurst. WB Herd is a Past District Grand Lodge Lecturer for the greater Colorado Springs area.
Robert Herd P.M. (Interesting Lodge Officers Dress and Apron)
Three things came to me nearly simultaneously: three amazing (in my humble opinion) mysterious, physical attributes of the candle(s) and their flame(s) that relate to each of us in our QUEST to bring LIGHT to the world.
- The first of these amazing, physically symbolic attributes of the candle is found in the act of using one flame to light another. Isn’t it symbolically important that when using one flame to light another, the original flame is in no way diminished by this action? A candle LOSES NOTHING in lighting another candle. An old Chinese philosopher once explained, “If I have an apple and you have a different apple and we exchange apples, we each still only have one apple. HOWEVER, if I have a wise lesson and you have a different wise lesson and we exchange lessons, do we not both then have TWO wise lessons?” Think of yourself as a Light Bearer or one who has had a wise lesson bestowed upon you by our Craft. You are a single candle with a burning flame. That burning flame represents the Light of Wisdom and we are instructed to share that light. Mathew 5:15 “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” Many times though, for reasons such as shyness, fear of ridicule, or whatever, we hide our light. We should remember this example so that we boldly, and freely, share our Light, our Wisdom, with others not fearing that our candle will be in any way diminished.
- This sharing of Light, or Wisdom, brings us to the second part. The communion or coming together of Light Bearers for the common goal or common good. Think about what physically takes place when two or more separate burning candles’ wicks come close enough together. Do they interfere with each other? Are they in anyway envious, jealous, or do they push each other away in any manner? NO, in fact they immediately, seamlessly, and selflessly come together as ONE in performance and action. So, my Brethren, should WE so selflessly come together in our performance and execution of our common goals, our actions for the common good.
- The last thing that came to me was more of a singular aspect of the flame itself. Flames have from Time Immemorial been a nearly mystical thing to man. They are hypnotic in their unceasing performances. Think about this for a moment, how the flame always burns in an upright manner. No matter how you adjust, move, or position the candle stick, the flame always points to the heavens as if it is yearning to re-integrate with a Divine Flame from above. Should we as Freemasons not be similar? Are we not taught in our Wise lessons to be ever striving for betterment to make ourselves “Living Stones for that house not made with hands eternal IN THE HEAVENS”? The material world and “rat race” of life is certainly always trying to affect our metaphorical candlestick, pushing us one way, turning us another, but if we keep that symbolism of the Flame in mind, we find that it IS possible to remain focused on the higher, to ascend as we are meant to, to “keep all our Thoughts, Words, and Actions in accordance with our professions as Masons” regardless of those many outside distractions and influences.
My Brethren, I hope you find these thoughts Enlightening, as I did when they came to me. Physical yet powerfully symbolic reminders of our actions on this journey and maybe some things we can do along the way to make it continually meaningful.
Brother Anthony Perrotti MD celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, July 28th. We wish him much success and a joyous birthday. Brother Anthony is hard at work on his EA Catechism in preparation for his examination.
NEWS: We have brothers who we are in need of our thoughts and prayers.
Brother Buddy Berrisford had successful shoulder surgery on July 20th and is making a remarkable recovery with the help of physical therapy and his wonderful wife.
Brother Greg Evans had successful surgery on his hand on Wednesday, July 29th. He is recovering well and expects to be back on the gun range soon!
R:. W:. Ray Kinser had triple bypass surgery and is recovering comfortably in a hospital room. His family is pleased with his recovery.
We all know our God is with us and will guide us through this time and all the times of sadness and tribulation. Please share this prayer with me:
Most Holy and Glorious Lord God accept our thanks for the many mercies and graces which thou hast bestowed on us. Wilt thou open our eyes that we may more fully appreciate those among us who are making the ultimate sacrifice to tend to our care, protection and daily needs. Make us mindful that your presence and protection is with us always. We pause to ask that you will care for those who are brought before us as sick and in distress, their families and the medical personnel who are responsible for tending them. May the combined efforts of our love, as it is expressed in our having the purpose of bringing relief from any illness or distress guide us in our prayers and actions. Almighty God give the blessing of comfort to those who need our love and your protection. We know you are with us and our faith in you will sustain us.
Your lodge would like to know how all our brethren and their families are doing during this difficult time. Please let the Worshipful Master and I know how you and your family are doing. Our e-mail addresses and phone numbers are included below. Please remember to contact me or the Worshipful Master with any news or requests for assistance and prayer! Also, as always, we need any good news you have to share! We may face a pandemic but, calling to check on a brother is not only safe but, will always be appreciated.
Jupiter Light Lodge No. 340
W:. M:. Mark Murray
Jupiter Light Lodge No. 340