Change is a constant in our lives. Everything around us is constantly changing, adapting, and diversified through time under the influence of natural selection.
Autumn season has arrived, we see the sudden color changes in foliage, the increasing activity of animals and plants to prepare for the Winter season, and the dropping numbers in temperature, an obvious indicator that nothing escapes the natural laws of impermanence. We just have to pay close attention to every moment, and to be aware of this constant change which not only happens outside, but inside of us as well. Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 – 475 BC), a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, said it best: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man ”
Every second our body changes; our blood is incessantly flowing and changing directions within, adapting to our body reactions; our skin stretches and shrink as we grow old, our bones become fragile and weak, and the signs of age show us without discrimination how temporary our existence is in this earth. The same happens to our minds, our thoughts come and go, like clouds in the sky, our moods, our feelings, our emotions are like this, they are constantly changing, adapting to circumstances in life, and it is at those moments of uncertainty when the lessons learned in Freemasonry work as signposts, reminding us of our social and moral virtues, of our duty towards all mankind.
November has been for many years the date when we celebrate our Table Lodge, which is no mere banquet or dinner – it is a special ceremony. In 1717, when the Mother Grand Lodge was formed to revitalize the Lodges in and around London, one of the reasons given was “To revive the Quarterly Communication and hold the Annual Feast”. From the idea of a feast in which brethren broke bread together and drank in common, came the Table Lodge of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
In the recent past years, Redwood Lodge has had a tradition of “Themed” Table Lodge, including Italian Table Lodge, Arabian Table Lodge, Medieval Table Lodge; and now we have the pleasure of enjoying the first “Old Colonial Spanish” Table Lodge. The menu has been specially selected for the members to take pleasure in, from the classical Venezuelan cuisine.
An audio-visual presentation will be displayed to entertain the audience about the origins of Freemasonry in Venezuela and a brief history of its forefathers.
Lodge will open at 6pm to conduct our regular business, and to vote on our two candidates to confer the first degree of Freemasonry.
I invite all of our Brethren to reserve your spot at this upcoming Table Lodge as soon as possible. Spread the word and invite your Masonic friends as well.
All Brethren are welcome to join us!
Javier R. Alfonzo