Reflections of the Junior Grand Deacon

A Year of Contributing and Learning.

James E. Bungard
Junior Grand Deacon
James E. Bungard Junior Grand Deacon

The 2023-2024 Masonic year is drawing near, and as I reflect upon the Master Mason lecture, I can’t help but point to the hourglass; one of the monitorial emblems of our craft.  The hourglass is an emblem of human life. Behold how swiftly the sands run and with astonishment, behold how the little particles contained within the hourglass, how they pass away almost imperceptibly, and yet to our surprise in the short space of an hour, they are all exhausted. Consequently, the end of the Masonic year is swiftly approaching.

As I consider on my time as Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of New Mexico, I am filled with a sense of pride and gratitude. Serving in this esteemed position was not only an honor, but also a valuable learning experience that helped shape me into a better Mason and leader.

One of the most significant aspects of my time as Junior Grand Deacon was the opportunity to work closely with the Grand Master and the other senior officers. This allowed me to witness firsthand how decisions were made, rituals were conducted, and lodges were governed. I gained a deep understanding of the organizational structure and the responsibilities that come with holding such a position. This experience taught me the importance of unity and collaboration in Freemasonry, as well as the need to lead by example.

During my tenure, I had the privilege of representing the Grand Lodge at various events and ceremonies. This included visiting different lodges across the state and other jurisdictions participating in Masonic events and rituals. These experiences not only allowed me to witness the diversity and richness of Freemasonry in New Mexico, but also provided me with the opportunity to connect with Masons from different lodges, jurisdictions and backgrounds. Building these connections and fostering fraternal relationships was an incredibly rewarding aspect of my role.

Additionally, as Junior Grand Deacon, I also had the responsibility of mentoring Masons. This was an important duty, as it allowed me to guide and support members as they traveled on their Masonic journey. It was a privilege to be a source of knowledge and assistance to these individuals, helping them understand the principles and teachings of Freemasonry and encouraging them to actively participate in lodge activities.

Overall, my time as Junior Grand Deacon in the Grand Lodge of New Mexico was a transformative experience that deepened my understanding and appreciation of Freemasonry. It allowed me to connect with fellow Masons, learn from experienced leaders, and contribute to the growth and development of the fraternity. I am grateful for the opportunities I had during my tenure and the lasting impact it has had on my Masonic journey.

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