Is it over yet? Just a few more days before this present year ends, giving hope to a whole new year, with new opportunities; yet every single moment is filled with infinite opportunities and hopes.
A couple of days ago, I came across a story from Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski about true love. The Rabbi asked a young man Young man, why are you eating that fish? And the young man said: “Because I love fish!”. Oh, you love the fish, says the Rabbi, that’s why you took it out of the water, and killed it and boiled it? Don’t tell me you love the fish, you love yourself; and because the fish tastes good to you, you took it out of the water, killed it and boiled it. So much of what Love, is “Fish love”. Most of the time, we act out of our own selfish ways, only concerning on our self gratification, always expecting something in return. “The people make a serious mistake in thinking that you give to those whom you love, and the real answer is: you love those to whom you give”. The Rabbi says that self love is a given, because one way or another we love ourselves; now when giving, that part of me has become in you, there is part of me in you that I love. True love is a love of giving, not a love of receiving. My Brothers, invest in others, give the gift of your full commitment and presence, there is nothing more powerful and benevolent than listening deeply to our loved ones and others, and talking to them with a kind and loving voice. January will be a busy month at Redwood Lodge, beginning with the official visitation of our District Deputy Grand Master, Robert Ellston, to our Lodge on January 8th. Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM, and the Lodge will open at 7:00 PM. The suite of the DDGM will enter at 7:30 PM. There will be a surprise program for the night, so make sure you mark your calendar for this wonderful evening.
We will be having a Special Communication on January 24th, conferring the E.A. Your officers have been working diligently on this event, and I hope to receive the support of our Brethren on the sidelines.
Be responsible these Holidays, be kind and attentive; care for others without discrimination, be a human being rather than a human doing, meaning, do less and be more present. Act like a true Free Mason.
Javier R. Alfonzo