Master's Message March 2018

Greetings Brethren,

Once again, the Officers of Redwood Lodge have exceeded their own expectations by performing a great Step-Up night at our February meeting. Brother Mike Rogovin, our Senior Warden, has proven himself to be a leader and ready to serve as our next Master. My hat is off to you Brother.

It’s impressive how human behavior adapts easily to any situation; traveling for example, brings us a sense of curiosity, a feeling of connection with the unknown and the unfamiliar, which allows us to have a direct experience with anything we encounter. Understanding and knowledge, are not the same as experience itself.

I wrote this message from the beautiful Country of Colombia; the birthplace of my Mother, and the birthplace of one of the most tasteful Gourmet Coffees in the world. Colombia cultivates only Arabica coffee, the most appreciated coffee because of its flavor and aroma. Its unique tropical climate and high mountains are ideal for growing it. The coffee bean is a seed of the coffee plant and the source for coffee. It is the pit inside the red or purple fruit, often referred to as a cherry. Just like ordinary cherries, the coffeefruit is also a stone fruit. While Brazil, a country that holds the title of largest world coffee producer, is committed to an automated harvest, Colombia still manually harvests it's coffee, creating a grain whose quality is preeminent.

It might sound like a random story, but it was this direct experience I had with the production of coffee, among many others; that made me realize the deep connections we have with all things in life, and to which it seems we pay almost no attention or have any interest. Let ’s be honest, we all drink coffee, most of the world does, but it ’ s when you slow down and pay attention to something as simple as the act of drinking coffee, that you begin to discover the simplicity of things, and the universality of all. South Americans for example, and most Europeans, enjoy coffee time as an opportunity to sit and socialize with family and friends, a time to share stories, a time to unwind and connect, never as a time “to go drink
”. Therefore, even this little coffee bean has a universal connection with all of us. Next time you are having coffee with a friend or a family member, think about it as a time to listen and experience that singularity, taste the flavor, smell the aroma, feel the texture, and let yourself be immersed in that cup of coffee, and be one with all.

Back to our business. Our newly initiated Brothers are working hard on their E.A. proficiency, and preparing to be passed to the degree of Fellow Craft. Our Officers are preparing another wonderful degree night, so I personally invite all themember s of Redwood to be part of another milestone in these candidates
’ path to the Universality of Freemasonry.

Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM with a menu of Italian Calzone, (choice of Meatballs and Vegetarian) and a fresh Garden salad. The Lodge will open at 7:00 PM. Please RSVP by Friday, March 2nd to secure your spot.

Always in a state of gratitude,

Javier R. Alfonzo
Worshipful Master