On this day, the entire world celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day.
It is especially celebrated in the United States as a day of Irish Pride.
Although there are historical reasons for that, today I lift Saint Patrick up as an example of Christian witness… and his story closely matches with the scriptures.
Our scriptures echo human distress and pain:
emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Our scriptures also echo human lamenting, or deep cries, to God.
God not only is able to handle our laments, but desires these because it signifies an intimate relationship and holds God accountable to God’s promises.
Our gospel is Jesus aware of and being warned of the danger that awaits in Jerusalem including his arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death. After all, Jesus is a prophet and that is the fate of the prophets.
Jesus, however, would not be deterred (distracted) from his mission/ministry:
to heal, to release, to forgive, to love, to serve, and to gather ALL people/creation
into God’s protective and maternal love, like that mother hen.
But, what does this have to do with Saint Patrick?