Written in September 2017.
Last night I had the pleasure of watching a good friend be initiated at Solomon’s Lodge No. 121 in Savage, MD. What a great group of brothers I got to be with! They are a fun crowd but are serious about their work, while still having great fraternal relations. It definitely made me feel good about bringing my friend there.
Watching him walk the floor and experience the degree for the first time brought me back to the beginner’s mind, reminding me of my own EA degree. I was a bit hesitant, not knowing what was going to happen or really what I was getting into. I recently read two things that are true. The first was that there is no degree higher than that of Master Mason. The other was that the degree that should be most celebrated is that of Entered Apprentice. That is when we welcome a brother into the order and make him a Mason, even if it is a lower degree. He is still a brother and should be honored as such.