Worshipful Master's Voice - March Issue 2017
THE TOOLS OF OUR TRADE
What are the tools of our Masonic Teachings? The first ones we were introduced to are the 24" Gauge and the Common Gavel. As we pressed on, we were made aware of the next grouping of tools, which are the Plumb, the Square and the Level. In our Third Degree, we were made aware of the final tool, the Trowel. We know what the ritual says are the ancient uses, as well as the symbolic applications, or at least know where to go the find the answers. That being said, what we must do now is to take these tools and apply them to our daily lives as Masons.
The application of the 24" Gauge should help us to better schedule our very busy, daily lives. However, with all the technology available today, all we have managed to do is fill our days with even more commitments as we move at an even greater hectic pace. What suffers? Our devotions, our families and our loved ones. Use your time wisely for that which is really important.
We are also introduced to the Common Gavel. Remember, the rough ashlar, the perfect ashlar and the directives you were given in the Northeast Corner. Do you chip away at some of your imperfection every day? In your actions, do you advance the ideals of Free Masonry to others on a daily basis or do you do nothing in that stead, unaware of the daily issues which still exist?
Upon being passed to Fellow Craft, you were instructed on the next set of tools. Regarding the Plumb, do you stand uprightly as an example or do you just get lost in the crowd? Concerning the Square, are your actions virtuous? Do they set a fine example? In reference to the Level, is the manner in which you act and conduct yourself on a daily basis in your life’s journey sufficient to attain that eternal goal in the Heavens?
We then come upon the final tool in our Masonic journey; the Trowel. The tool that spreads that which binds us as fraternal brothers, first in our lodge, then as a lodge in our District and, finally, as a District in our Grand Lodge. We should strive to spread as much of our Masonic ideals upon all with whom we come in contact, without appearing righteous or overbearing. Some of these views may be of a personal nature or level. It is how I perceive what the lessons are to be learned and implemented in our lives. The gist of these teachings should be for you to consider what the tools mean to you as you continue your Masonic and life journeys.
Frank R. Klapinski
Trenton Cyrus Lodge No. 5