October marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This series celebrates our historic faith expressed in six key elements of the Heidelberg Catechism. The first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism sums up the whole: “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” Comfort here does not mean comfortable, cozy, or soft. Rather, it refers to the comfort of living in God’s story. As human beings, our ultimate question is this: What, finally, matters more than anything else?
The catechism’s answer to that question is this: “I belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. . . .” The catechism, echoing the gospel itself, declares that we belong to the One who created us. We belong to the One who redeemed us from sin and death by the blood of the cross. We belong to the One who lives in us and moves us to live with meaning and purpose.