Today is St. Patrick’s’ Day. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland who built many churches. monasteries and schools in Ireland. He died on this day in the fifth century. A lot of folklore has sprung up around him, but he was just an ordinary missionary that went about doing God’s work and teaching others about Jesus. He integrated a lot of the Irish symbols into his presentation of Christianity, for instance the shamrock he used to illustrate the Trinity. St. Patrick’s Day is a day of prayer in the morning and celebration in the afternoon. Lenten traditions are waived, and people are permitted to eat Irish bacon and cabbage and dance on that day.
The first Irish parade happened in the United States in New York City on March 17, 1762. Irish immigrants who were serving in the English army played Irish music and marched in the streets to help them still feel connected to their Irish roots. There have been parades and parties for the Irish to celebrate their heritage ever since.
No matter what heritage you are, St. Patrick’s Day has become a day of celebration. Green has long been a symbol for this day. It signifies that life constantly renews and is a reminder that soon color and vibrant plant life will be seen on Earth’s landscape.
As we celebrate this day, let’s keep in mind the renewal that this time of year represents and honor St. Patrick’s work renewing souls. It’s a good time to look at ourselves and see where we need to renew, whether it’s our minds, body or souls. We renew our minds by reading things that encourage and help us grow to grow our mind. Maybe we need to renew our bodies by committing to walk, ride bikes, or exercise more and eat right. We can renew our souls by reading the Bible and prayer. Whatever you need to renew in your life, take this day to reflect on and make way for it.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2