Lucky Us

Most of us go through the motions of recognizing St. Patrick’s Day by wearing some type of green clothing, without really understanding the background of the holiday.

While there is certainly a lot of fun associated with the holiday, it started as a religious feast day to recognize Saint Patrick. Interestingly enough, Saint Patrick was from a wealthy British, Christian family, although he himself was an atheist until he was kidnapped as a teenager and taken to Ireland. During his enslavement, he came to know God, and after six years of captivity was able to return to England. At God’s calling, he later returned to Ireland to start the church there and spent the rest of his life as a missionary.

Legend has it that he used the shamrock as a symbol to represent the Trinity. He also is noted for bringing alcohol to Ireland. We celebrate his life on the day he died, March 17.

The gospel lesson which perhaps is most reflective of his works is Luke 15:7-10:

7"I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance."

The Parable of the Lost Coin
8"Or what woman, having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ 10Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Dear loving and Holy Father, we give thanks we have been found and granted treasures of grace and mercy. We are lifted up, through the forgiveness of our sins, just as a lost coin that is found is looked upon favorably and with joy. Our treasures of faith, hope, and love are abundant and we are blessed. Amen

Wendy Saathoff

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