Day: Proper 26C (Reformation Day)
Lectionary Passage: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Scripture Focus: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Good morning! Does anyone know what Thursday was? (The kids are sure to say Halloween.) Halloween? I thought it was Reformation Day! Hmmm… let me check my calendar…. well, it looks like we’re both right. Thursday was Halloween, but it was also Reformation Day.
I bet you already know all about Halloween, so let me tell you about Reformation Day. On Reformation Day we remember this really courageous event. You see, a pastor named Martin Luther thought the Church was in trouble because so many people had forgotten the way to follow Jesus. And he was right! So, Martin Luther decided to do something really bold: He went up to church door and nailed a letter to it explaining that to be a follower of Jesus was all about having faith. And a lot of people agreed with Martin. Those people became known as Protestants and they started the Protestant Reformation. That’s why we celebrate Reformation Day.
And you know who else agreed with Martin Luther and the Protestants? Paul! In our Bible passage for today, Paul gives thanks for the faith of the early Christians. He knew that’s what they needed to follow Jesus. And the same was true for Martin and his friends and for us today. Following Jesus is all about having faith in him. That’s something we can’t afford to forget ever!
Let’s pray: Dear God, thank you for giving Martin Luther the courage to stand up and tell others the good news of faith in Jesus Christ. Help us always remember this and to be bold in telling others, too. Amen.