Pastor Dan Walters has written a great piece entitled, “Why Would Anyone Ever Want to Read the Catechism?” Currently, I’m teaching the Small Catechism to our 7th and 8th grade catechumens. It is a difficult process because they are, well, 7th and 8th graders. They don’t want to learn the Small Catechism (most of them). They are here because their parents make them come or that’s what you’re supposed to do in 7th and 8th grade. But he quotes the words of Martin Luther talking about the importance of the Small Catechism. Below is just a snippet of that quote:
…For myself I say this: I am also a doctor and preacher; yes, as learned and experienced as all the people who have such assumptions and contentment. Yet I act as a child who is being taught the catechism. Every morning – and whenever I have time – I read and say, word for word, the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Psalms, and such. I must still read and study them daily. Yet I cannot master the catechism as I wish. But I must remain a child and pupil of the catechism, and am glad to remain so….
Go ahead, read his post. While you’re at it, go ahead and dust off your Small Catechism. If you’ve “lost” yours, it’s ok; CPH has lots of them for sale!