Pope Francis has been invited to Germany to come to the 500 year celebration of the Reformation. His returning thanks for the invitation is touching to see--momentous somehow. It would be quite a day to celebrate the Reformation with him in attendance. But he must know, we cannot budge an inch from the Gospel and be brought under the yoke of fear and slavery, again, beholden to every word of the pope, curia or councils.
May neither the State Lutheran church nor the Roman Catholic church make this a shallow or empty gesture, or just a cultural event, but may we all listen truly to the word of the Lord in whom we can rejoice. "Delight yourself in the Lord." (Psalm 37:4)