I wasn’t sure if this fits in Non-Catholic Religions or Apologetics because it deals with both.
I attended a Lutheran service this morning. I was there to take some photos for my newspaper for Reformation Sunday, the Lutheran holy day that marks the day Martin Luther saved everybody from the Catholic Church. It was an interesting service, which included a short play with two people dressed as Martin Luther and his wife, Katie.
Prior to the play, the pastor, who I have lots of respect for, sat down with some young children to explain what the day is about. They found out how the Holy Spirit came down upon Luther and gave him the courage to stand up for the Bible and against indulgences, how he “changed the way of thinking” as someone from the congregation said. There was some other misinformation through the service. Unfortunately, the pastor didn’t ask me if cared to make a rebuttal. I’ve done stories and photos for the church before and I believed she knows I’m Catholic, and this morning she noticed the papal crucifix I always wear on my jacket. Oh well, maybe next time.
What was ironic was the Gospel reading for today from Chapter 8 of the Gospel of St. John, where Jesus says, “The truth shall set you free.” As I looked around, I saw so much the need for evangelization and apologetical studies. The misinformation just gets passed on from generation after generation. The church even had a homemade poster on the front door that said, “Our 95 Theses,” with space to write. There were only a few, though one said, “No more indulgences.”
Throughout the service, all I wanted to do was pray for them, which is something I will do throughout this day. All Catholics should use this day to pray for those who need to know the truth so that they may be set free and welcomed into the Catholic Church.
End of sermon.