We remind ourselves the Lodge is a sacred place, a space in which we set aside the outside world so that we may mix together in friendship and brotherly love. A place where the mystic tie binds us together, and brings connection and fulfillment. This is our space. This is our Lodge.
It struck a chord within me that we enter Freemasonry on a step, and we enter the Lodge every meeting with one step across the threshold of the outer door. What does that mean to you? What feelings come to mind when you enter the Lodge and see your Brothers? All too often I find myself stepping across that threshold immediately looking forward to shaking hands with my Lodge Brothers and visitors, renewing that greeting, and picking up fraternity with those I hadn’t seen in a while.
In actuality, it remains a simple step forward, but symbolically we cross a threshold into the sacred space we create. We consecrate our Masonic Temples to Deity, we learn lessons in morality and virtue, and we help each other to become better humans through brotherly love, relief, and truth. Stepping into that sacred space is a gift, a blessing if you will, and everything we do or say inside that sacred space is worthy of contemplation.
I still want to shake everyone’s hand. That is just a part of my upbringing, and I want to connect with every Mason attending Lodge that evening. After listening again to that presentation, I now see I also want to focus on what that step across the threshold means every time I make that step. I want to explore this realization in additional ways by considering my interactions with every piece of the Lodge from the officer stations to the furnishings of the Lodge and everything in between.
Sometimes we might consider a door or a threshold as a veil, and crossing that veil is something we should never take lightly.