Greetings from the East of JAL350. In celebration of our patron saint this month, let us be reminded of the kindness espoused by the philosophy that is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
St. John the Baptist, the precursor or forerunner, played a significant role in shaping the philosophical and spiritual landscape of what became the traditional Christian doctrine. As such, the founders of the modern order adopted the representation of the same, as it relates to the core philosophical tenets of our beloved craft.
In exploring the ideas which became manifest among the keepers of the holy doctrine, we are necessarily reminded of a certain repentance, and indeed a felt belief in the transformative power of self-reflection, as well as a sincere desire to exact lasting change and be an example of progress toward the betterment of Humanity. St. John recognized that true spiritual growth required acknowledging one’s faults, seeking forgiveness, and making a genuine effort to lead a righteous life.
Another key component of this philosophy is an unwavering commitment to humility and selflessness. St. John famously proclaimed a priority of service to others before self (in his recognition of the perceived divinity-to-come). This philosophy expressed a ‘surrendering of personal ambitions and ego to serve a higher purpose’. Our patron saint was an advocate for social justice and ethical living. He tenaciously worked toward correcting various societal issues, including corruption, exploitation, and injustice, calling upon others to act with fairness and integrity. As such, we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are called to express the same. These are the generous principles which are the operative kindnesses that we must offer to the world – with no small amount of courage and audacity. Govern yourselves accordingly!
More to follow on St. John, as we will discuss at our June Stated Communication. I hope to see you all there this coming Monday, June 19th. Dinner and fellowship to commence at 1800hrs, and meeting to follow at 1900hrs. Attire: Polo Night!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Bro. Brandon Bateman