I am currently reading Martin Luther’s Shorter or Small Catechism and we will be discussing it in class next week. I found it very interesting! At the end of the catechism, Luther offers a series of questions a Christian might ask – and then he answers them. The last question is this:
What should you do if you are not aware of this need [of the Sacrament of the Altar = Bread and Wine] and have no hunger or thirst for the Sacrament? Note his kind of cheeky response below!
To such a person no better advice can be given than this: first, he should touch his
body to see if he still has flesh and blood. Then he should believe what the Scriptures say of it in Galatians 5 and Romans 7.
Second, he should look around to see whether he is still in the world, and remember that there will be no lack of sin and trouble, as the Scriptures say in John 15–16 and in 1 John 2 and 5.
Third, he will certainly have the devil also around him, who with his lying and
murdering day and night will let him have no peace, within or without, as the
Scriptures picture him in John 8 and 16; 1 Peter 5; Ephesians 6; and 2 Timothy 2.