After 70 days of walking to Rome, we get to take a plane and a train back home. Luther and his companion, of course, didn’t have that luxury. Every step of the way they came, they had to retrace all the way back to Erfurt—in February and March, no less!
So, in a sense, this pilgrimage remains incomplete. We’ve only gone halfway, Lutherans following Luther’s path from a traditionally Lutheran land into the heart of Catholicism.
That’s why we’d like to extend an invitation to our Catholic friends and fellow travelers out there to take the return journey. There’s someone out there—maybe it’s you reading this, maybe it’s someone you know—who we have been praying for all these 70 days, praying for a heart prepared to take up this invitation. Follow Luther back again from Rome to Erfurt and so complete the pilgrimage. We’ll help you sort out the route (Luther went back a different way than he came!) and any other details you need along the way.
In our morning prayers every day we’ve recited Zechariah’s prayer that God would “guide our feet into the way of peace.” This is your chance to take this metaphorical prayer and make it literal for the sake of the unity of the church.