Friday, September 4, 2009

Provost and Judge

Last night, I played the part of a judge of Israel under Solomon the King who is approached by both sides of a dispute to sway the decision. It's a great degree (the 7th in the Scottish Rite) and has lots of meaning for those who pay attention.

My character is approached by the Spirit of Retribution and the Spirit of Inaction, each seeking to have the judge decide quickly, or to delay the decision. Finally, the Spirit of Justice appears with good advice for all persons cast in the role of Judge - and we all are in our various walks of life.

This year, there are more than 30 candidates participating in the Scottish Rite degrees. This is due, in no small part, to the yeoman's work of the Black Crow - Worshipful Brother Ed Perlman. I had a chance to meet with the class after the degree, and they all seemed to be enjoying their journey to More Light in Masonry.

Brothers from Cataract Lodge were also present - several of them in the cast or in the class - and presented a check for $5000 for the Scottish Rite Rite Care Program for children with hearing and speech disabilities. Congratulations to Cataract Lodge and the Rite Care Program.