My Companions, many will remember the famous 1897 article, ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.’ As adults we understand that the story of Santa Claus is not real, however the spirit of giving, the attitude of caring, the extension of our love for one another is real. The legend of Santa, as with any spirit of giving, act of charity or kindness requires action by us.
If a child has no advocate, if there is no charity, compassion or actions of care or concern when there is need, there is no Santa Claus. It is up to us. We are called upon as Men and Masons to scatter with unsparing hands benefits and blessings to all. Without our actions, for many there will be no Santa and there will no extension of the love of god, for all good people are called upon to be the difference, to make that effort, to spread the cheer and extend ourselves to the larger community in need.
“With great power comes great responsibility.” (Stan Lee)
Give plenty of what is given to you, Listen to pity’s call;
Don’t think the little you give is great, And the much you get is small.
You my companions have the power to affect the lives of others through giving of yourselves, not just during the holidays but at any time you can make a profound sacrifice with your time, your compassion, your efforts, any act of contribution. Just the fact that you show care or concern can make all the difference to the lives of those struggling in need or despair.
Yes, my Companions, there may be a Santa Claus for Virginia or for anyone else in need when we understand that Santa Claus, the spirit of giving, is us!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.
John Van Egmond – Grand Chaplain
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of BC&Y