Oration: The Tragedy of the Character of Hiram Abiff.
MGM – Manlalakbay na Gurong Mason (Traveling Master Mason)
Masonic Family Park
Granite Falls, Wa.
July 2, 2016
The Tragedy of the Character of Hiram Abiff.
There is a modicum of uncertainty among less-informed brethren as to whether the tragedy of Hiram Abiff really existed. For every lodge has their own interpretation that calls for some brothers to think that it has become something different from its origin. So animated and so confrontational that it no longer suits the insulated sameness that it is to be… a mock tragedy.
A brother, who showed his shallowness of reason by neglecting the importance of the drama makes him unfit to ever become a member of the craft.
To understand and appreciate the drama to its fullest extent and to absorb the essence of its profound meaning is something that will be with us for quite sometime.
Though it is wrong to consider it as history, the image of the drama always comes across with purity and sacred ritualistic quality.
The catastrophe of our very self is evidently portrayed, regardless of who we are or where we are. It is the reflection of the crisis & fate of that Hiram Abiff in every one of us.
The work he engaged in to beautify and adorn the temple is similar to the cunning workmanship we do as we try to manage and adorn our own daily lives – our own temple so to speak.
The ruffians he encountered symbolize none other than the lusts and passions we men fail to subdue.
And his final destiny to be buried in the rubbish of the temple is an allegorical picture of our great mental distress, a tragic loss of a son, disgrace, or the defeat of our hopes and dreams; this is a common experience in our daily lives.
The manner in which he was raised again is the same manner by which men, with God’s mighty help, will raise us out of the receptacles of defeat, disgrace or even death.
We were asked to take part in the drama this afternoon not only to satisfy the ritual of the SUBLIME DEGREE but to impress deeply upon the mind that it is our drama not our newly raised brother, there being exemplified or being inflicted with pain.
Our participation was intended to be an experience to let us realize that to become a master of our very self we must rise above our own internal enemies.
After all, as they say: “the strongest among us are the ones who smile through silent pain, cry behind closed doors and fight battles nobody knows about.”
Finally, though the path to fulfilling happiness may seem elusive to some of us, with the trials and the inevitable sufferings in life, it is still a great day indeed to be a Mason.
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