On this Reformation Day, there is nothing to celebrate, only grieve for.
I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose. For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers, by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you. I mean that each of you is saying, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I give thanks [to God] that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say you were baptized in my name. (I baptized the household of Stephanas also; beyond that I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.
1 Corinthians 1:10-17
“Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, and rise from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you.
I tell you again, for your sake Christ has become man. If He had not been born in time, you would have been dead for all eternity.”
(Sermon 185, 1)
“Our every breath yearns for Christ. He alone is the Desired One, the most beautiful of all.
Christ loved us in our unloveliness, in order to make us beautiful like Himself.”
(Sermon on John 10, 13)
“Envision the extraordinary brilliance and effects of the light in the sun and moon and stars, in the dark shades of a glade, in the colors and scents of flowers, Then there is the grandeur of the spectacle of the sea as it slips on and off its many colors like robes.
All these are mere consolations for us, not the rewards of the blessed. What can such rewards be like, then, if such things here are so many, so great, and of such quality?”
(City of God 22, 24)
“How do we come to know that we have received the Holy Spirit? We must question our own heart. If we love our neighbor, the Spirit of God dwells in us.
We must put ourselves to the test before God by seeing if there is in us love for peace and unity and love for the Church spread throughout the world.”
(Sermon on John 6, 10)
“Jesus said: ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ He meant: It is by Me that you come; it is to Me that you come; and it is in Me that you remain. How do you wish to go? I am the Way. Where do you wish to go? I am the Truth. Where do you wish to remain? I am the Life.
Christ as God is the homeland where we are going. Christ as Man is the Way we must travel.”
(Christian Doctrine 1, 34)