Bro. Jon Sage
~Republished from an earlier date~
The notion that joining a Masonic Lodge is a pathway to wealth or higher standing in the community is a long standing one, though somewhat unfounded. This includes networking within the Masonic and secular community, as well as the availability of Masonic Relief/Financial Assistance to a Mason who might be facing hardship, and applies for that aide.
Indeed, it is true that a good deal of networking, albeit much of it unintentional, goes on at and around Lodge meetings, suppertime is a good example. However, one would be remiss not to acknowledge that any group which meets regularly, even an every other week golf foursome, does not engage in some type of networking in an effort to try and help one another out. If nothing else, a good tip, or suggestion goes a long way, and it is then up to the individual in search of something bigger and better to go after it!
I’m unsure if I’ve ever directly heard of or known of what many might call outright “favoritism” within Masonic circles, whereby one Brother would simply GIVE another a cushy or well-paying job. That simply is not the way it works. We do post on message boards of Masonic and Non-Masonic employers, looking for help; and vice-versa- if a man needs a job, I’m more than happy to ask around, and see if anyone could use some help!
That’s called being a “decent person”, and falls well outside the oh-so-secretive world of Freemasonry. Yeah, we lend helping hands- to each other and “those without” equally.
Masonic Aide- Charitable Giving to a Brother in need? Yes, it happens- although not as much as outsiders might think. But, once again, I would be very curious indeed to find ANY organization, church, or group who would not (if they were able to do so), contribute to one of their members in time of need. It is a universal thing, this notion of charitable giving, and is held particularly close to the hearts of Masons. We term it as Brotherly Love, and Relief. I’m engaging in another Tenet of the Profession (Truth), by readily admitting that it occurs! See, it’s really not such a secretive society.
So- are there RICHES involved in Masonry?
After all of the preceding commentary, I must admit- YES, there are tremendous riches to be gained by becoming a Mason, although they ALL have very little intrinsic value! In fact, without a sense of morality to share these riches with others, they are wholly and completely worthless. You can’t take these riches to a bank, you can’t buy gas or groceries with these riches… you aren’t going to be able to get your girl a 5 carat diamond with these riches that you will find in Lodge.
They include such things as:
- Developing a moral compass
- Following that moral compass
- Coming to know and appreciate YOUR higher power
- Beginning to know, understand, and have acceptance of the higher power of OTHERS, which may be different from your own
- Loving your fellow man, woman or child- whatever color, nationality, or religion they may be
- Learning to give of yourself, your time, so that others might benefit… in the same way that someone gave of their time to benefit YOU!
These… these things- are but some of the Riches that, if you LOOK for them, you will absolutely
gain while in Lodge assembled. But, they are granted with a caveat; you MUST follow the directive above; you MUST attempt to share them with others (whether or not the others are Masons is of little consequence); you MUST be a Light to others; you MUST strive to always be a little better today- than you were yesterday.
Yes, there are Riches in a Masonic Lodge… and they are beyond any worldly compare or value!