Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Attraction of Tradition
Catholic tradition is antithetical to a church's effort to reach people, bureaucrats will tell you. In light of such synodic wisdom, I find it funny that this past Sunday, after Mass, an occasional visitor announced to the pastor his desire to become a member, and said it was in part because of things like the fact that we have the commemoration of the saints in the Mass, and the availability of the blessed Baptismal water at the entrance of the nave. I too find such customs refreshing, in more than one way, in a Lutheran church. Instead of following the mind of Synod, such as the spiritually and liturgically empty and fraudulent Ablaze program, I recommend that churches and schools follow the evangelical tradition of the Church, that is, just be the Church, and at least some will come with you.