Grand Commandery Knights Templar Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Grand Commander 2022-2023
S.K. Eugene Blake Nichols
February Greetings, Sir Knights,
The month of February is mostly recognized for Valentine’s Day, flowers, and, depending on where you are, being incredibly cold! I would like to focus on another important aspect related to the Valentine’s Day theme, Love. We read in 1 John 4: 7-8: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
The coming of Jesus Christ provides a compelling example of God’s love for us. This theme, which is the origin of divine love, weaves its way throughout this section of Scripture. For John, a call to obedience does not come with a threat. Instead, obedience is encouraged through inspiration. God’s inspiring love, his generous affection, compels us to obey. If He has done this much for us, how can we do less? Genuine love cannot be exhibited in any community unless it reflects God’s love, unless it is empowered by an experience of being loved.
Christians who live out such love are exhibiting much more. They are also giving evidence that they have been born from God and know Him. John goes on to point out that the reverse is also the case. Whoever does not love cannot possibly know God. John describes here a person who has never experienced God’s love at any time. No doubt our emphasis should be on the positive character of this principle: Since God is love, those who encounter him have the power to become loving persons. To genuinely contemplate the true identity of God is to become like Him.
We, as Christian Knights, have the power to become more like God as we practice the Christian virtues in our daily lives. Templary is based upon the Holy Bible and extols the doctrine of human brotherhood and benevolence toward all mankind. It commends the reign of peace and glorifies the search for Divine Truth. It stands unswervingly for good morals and right living by each Knight Templar as an example of good citizenship in every community. Each Knight Templar has voluntarily professed the fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man, and love of country and he has sworn to uphold the virtues of Charity and Hospitality. If the love of God is within you and if you respond to daily life activities and circumstances in the way that Christ would, this will be evident to all those with whom you come in contact. Your conduct within and without the Asylum will afford the best proof of the Love that is within each of you. A true knight leaves a legacy and passes on his virtues to others. A true understanding of the love of God should lead us to change how we live and behave.
As we enter the Inspection season, I have no doubt that the work of the Orders will be performed according to the high standards that are expected in our Massachusetts and Rhode Island Commanderies. Many of our Commanderies have chosen to work candidates and I am so thankful and grateful that you are promoting Templary and sharing your love of it with our Companions and Brethren in Freemasonry. I am looking forward to being with you and witnessing the power of your presentation of our Orders.
May God grant you the will to understand, the courage to do that which is right and the strength to think, speak and act according to the sublime principles of this magnanimous Order.
In His Devoted Service,
S. K. Eugene Blake Nichols.
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES
MW and SK Albert T. Ames receiving the Order of Merit from the Grand Commander
St. Bernard Commandery No. 12 Inspection. SK Peter Randall, Division Commander MW and SK George Forest Hamilton, Grand Master and the Grand Commander
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