Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick is Dead...

...or at least that is what this day signifies. Chasing out snakes, leprechauns, shamrocks, green beer, and pinching. These are all things we probably think of when this holiday comes around. It was initially, however, a holiday: a holy day to remember the death of Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick used a shamrock to describe the relationship of the Trinity, superimposed the Sun onto the cross to redeem a pagan symbol into God's plan. He brought Catholic Christianity to Ireland, essentially taking a pagan people and bringing the love of God to them.

Is that not what the church is called to do?

This is why church plants exist. We each go into a pagan world that worships different gods (money, sex, the self) and we bring the love of God to the world. If only there were a Saint Patrick for the United States, it would take the burden off individual Christians to remember that it is up to each of us to do our part. Our country and world can be redeemed, and the message of hope that comes from Jesus is on our lips to share. We can use everyday things to get our point across, or even use a once holy day to share with others what is truly holy.