Brothers, I write to you in the midst of one of our nation’s strangest times. From what the experts are saying, we have not seen anything like this since the early 1900’s with the emergence of the Spanish Flu. It seems that with every new day comes a new sense of anxiety. From simple things like a dwindling toilet paper stash to major issues of health concerns or unemployment, this virus has ushered in a new era and for the very near future, it appears to be the new normal.
Thankfully, for all of our sakes, that uncertainty has also allowed Masonry to once again prove why it has subsisted since time immemorial and that is the brotherhood we all share. During these trying times it is more evident than ever how we must be brothers to one another. We must be our brother’s keeper.
We are taught that our Masonic brotherhood is an exceedingly practical one, not only for times of grateful gifts and happy hours, but when the soul is sad and the heart is pierced and pained and the road seems lonely and dreary. In good times, as in the bad, we must ever endeavor to raise up a brother who has fallen down and spark new life into him.
It is often said that when two brothers who may not otherwise know one another meet, that one will say to the other, “brother, I saw your light”. Where that may have been a simple greeting in the past, I view it as a goal these days: to be a light for one another.
I can assure you today that Meridian Lodge is strong. Our bonds, cemented in ritual, have stood the test of time and they will continue to do so. We will continue to meet, digitally as it may be, every first and third Monday as we have for over a century. We will continue to serve our community in whatever capacity we can. We will not only survive this, but come out even stronger on the other end. This, I know my brothers. In the meantime, we must prove to be a brother to one another.
So in closing, I ask you to simply live your obligation; to watch over one another and check in on your brothers. It can be as simple as sending an email or a text message asking them how they are faring or as grand as delivering groceries or prescriptions to someone who may not otherwise be able. However, you may choose to express that brotherhood, it is more important than ever that we not forget the bonds which brought us all together. Look after one another, lead by example and prove yourself worthy of that most revered title of a just and upright Mason.
Stay safe, be well and I will see you all soon, my brothers.
Very truly yours,
WB Nicholas A. Valinsky