As Freemasons, we profess to be engaged in that constant hardship of building a better version of ourselves. In the pursuit of bettering ourselves we may sooner or later find through our Masonic journey one of the great gifts one can receive in life. The gift of Friendship. The age old Masonic statement about “you’ll never know who you’ll meet at a Lodge meeting” is no mere talking point. You may indeed meet another Brother with whom you share many interests and outlooks. Ask any Mason who has been in the Fraternity some time and they are bound to mention having found a life long friend. For those who have read Bro. Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” or seen the film of the same name, staring, Sean Connery and Michael Cane; you may not have realized that the heart of the story is not the perilous journey the two main characters (both Masons) undertake, nor the tragedy which awaits them but the constant theme of Friendship.
We have been fortunate at our Lodge to witness great scenes of genuine friendship over the years and indeed as recently as at our last regular communication. During this meeting on May 4th, R.W. Mark C. Mueller, received his 25 Year membership pin with the assistance of two of his true Masonic friends, R.W. Donald B. Scott, Past Junior Grand Warden and Wor. Frank Obremski, Senior Most Past Master of the Lodge. R.W. Mueller, has served the Lodge in a variety of ways during his 25 Years, including as Master in 1997. His Masonic titles, which include being District Deputy Grand Master for the Holyoke 17th, are many and extend to many other masonic orders. Although, during the presentation, R.W. Mueller did not mention the Offices’ he has held nor the awards he has received. He did, however, mention one particular word, “Friendship”. It was those Friendships made over his 25 Years as a Mason which he cherished the most about his Masonic journey.
We are fortunate to be in a Fraternity where good men of high morale character outnumber those who do not. Whereby the likelihood of meeting one or perhaps several true friends becomes a near guarantee. Where might that new friendship be found? At the Lodge’s monthly meeting? Maybe at collation afterwards? During a cypher study class? Perhaps at the next Lodge of Instruction? It could be anywhere, could it not? The work of Freemasons to continually improve their beings was mentioned at the start. Does not the truest of friends allow us to have the freedom to be ourselves, all the while growing and changing as needed without doubt that their friendship will remain steadfast? Certainly, a great friendship is one where both friends are constantly learning and improving from each other. The deepest of conversations are where both individuals’ mental horizons expand and the understanding of each others’ mind is strengthened.
“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized then true friendship.” St. Thomas Aquinas
Wor. William C. Jubinville, Master
Mount Holyoke Lodge