Martin Luther had no idea that his hammer would get the attention of people around the world. He did not imagine that he was initiating the “Reformation.” Yet this monk, with a gnawing need for God's forgiveness, went on to stand up to emperor and pope in the name of the Gospel of Christ, whose free forgiveness is the keystone of the Church.
The hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is called the Battle Hymn of the Reformation. Written by Martin Luther, it has been called “the greatest hymn of the greatest man in the greatest period of Germany history.” By 1900 it had been translated into 53 languages, and a recent estimate counts that number at over 200 languages.
It has been 500 hundred years since Luther posted the 95 theses (sentences)! How shall we celebrate?