Lenten Blog – 03/17/2018
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
I have always loved this day ever since I read the autobiography of Patrick. It is the second autobiography ever written after ‘The Confessions of St Augustine,” being the first. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates in the late 400’s from Britain. After six years as a slave working in fields, he escaped and returned home. Later God laid it upon his heart to return as a missionary to Ireland, which generally lacked any aspect of the Christian faith. His life makes me think of these verses.
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. (Luke 6:27-29)
When I used to teach Latin at our school I had them read this account in the original Latin. It was hard but the life example was powerful. In the same way, forgiving those who have harmed you and loving your enemies is hard, but it is an incredible example of those being loved and to all people.
Green Beer? Not a big fan. I do think it is worth toasting and remembering when we or anyone like Patrick in the church shares this kind of love for their enemies. Since that is the kind of love Jesus had for each of us and this world.
In Christ’s Service,