Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Since today just happens to be St. Patrick's Day, I thought it would be fun to look at St. Patrick himself and some of the myths and legends surrounding him!
St. Patrick is known for being a great evangelist on the isle of Ireland, though he wasn't actually from there originally! He was kidnapped from Britain and sold into slavery in Ireland, then escaped back to Britain where he was ordained a cleric. Eventually, he returned to Ireland where he became a Bishop and brought thousands of people to Christ. March 17th was the date of his death and thus why it has become the date to remember him.
Legend holds that one of the ways St. Patrick taught people about the Christain faith was by using the shamrock as a metaphor for the Trinity. One of my absolute favorite videos ever shows why that is actually a bad idea, as it confesses some ancient heresies. Please go watch it here on YouTube!
The way the holiday has come to be celebrated in the States - with dyed green rivers and excessive drinking has little to do with the actual saint. You'd really be better off celebrating by sharing your faith with someone new, so maybe give that a try today. But make sure you wear some green while you do it so you don't get pinched!
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we give thanks for all the saints who have gone before us in the faith. Help us to share our faith journey with others, that they might come to know you as we have. Amen.