What St. Patrick’s Day is Really About

6086081141_78a50fd393_bToday is St. Patrick’s Day.  And just like days like Mardi Gras we may not know, or may have forgotten the religious origins of this day.  The legend is that he drove off all the snakes in Ireland and converted it to Christianity.  While the snakes thing is legend, he did so much to impact the nation of Ireland for the Faith.

He was born in Britan, captured by Irish pirates, eventually escaped, became a priest, and returned to Ireland to proclaim the Gospel.  He used the three leaf clover as a means of demonstrating the Trinity, and remains the patron saint of Ireland today.

St. Patrick’s Day is a day to wear green. It’s a day of parades.  It’s  day when many people celebrate.  But for those of us that are Christain, it should be a day when we remember out mission to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the world.

Patrick went back to the place he was captured, to tell folks about Jesus.  He went and spent his life living and teaching the Gospel, so that folks would change.  He used all the tools at his disposal to tell folks about how to know God.

He changed his part of the world.

I think we all want the world to change, don’t we?  We all see something in our world that needs to change.  We al see part of our world that needs to turn to God.  We all see part of our world that needs to chart a different course.

So did Patrick.  And he did something about it.

How about us?  What will we do?  What are we willing to do to make sure that folks know Jesus.  How will they know if they aren’t told?  Like it says is Romans 10: 14-15:

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

So on this St. Patrick’s Day, let’s do more than just wear green.  Let’s live out the Gospel.  Let’s seek to change our world with the Gospel.  Let’s make sure that all hear about the love of Jesus Christ!

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