St Patrick’s Treasure

I don’t really like Pharisees. There are people today that I label with this term, self-righteous, think they are perfect people. Jesus didn’t like them either. (He loved them, as I should, but he didn’t like them). When confronted by the Pharisees, Jesus said he came to heal the sick.

Who is your sick?  Silly question, this is what I mean:

St. Patrick’s Day has its history like any other holiday. I love the festivities, green clothes or you get pinched, rainbows with pots of gold, orange beards, and green beer. But I also like to remember this guy that lived a long long time ago and is worth remembering today. 

St. Patrick lived in Britian with his family. At a young age, he was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland, where he was believed to live for six years. After six years in slavery, he was returned to his home in Britain. However, on his own free will, he went back to Ireland. WHY?

Patrick saw them as sick. And he had the medicine. These people needed Jesus. 

And that is Christianity. It is not pretty. It is not for the purpose of a big house and a life of material blessing. Patrick was the epitome of “love thy enemy.”  He returned to Ireland and spread the gospel in a huge revival that swept across the country. 

Pots of gold are really great, but this St. Patrick’s Day, don’t forget the real treasure. 

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29 thoughts on “St Patrick’s Treasure

  1. Hello Caroline! God’s continued blessings on you and yours. Good old St. Patrick was a stand up guy wasn’t he? I wanted to thank you for following my blog also. I must say that I am impressed by what God has done in your life. Well, I’m always impressed, period, but He has certainly stepped up in yours. God bless and thanks again.

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  2. Interestingly enough, Jesus, as well as the Apostle Paul, had more in common with the Pharisees than he did with the other branches of Judaism that existed in his day (Sadducees, Essenes, etc). His problem with some of them wasn’t what they taught but rather that they didn’t follow their own teachings. We tend to give the Pharisees a bad rap based on a less than accurate interpretation of some portions of scripture.

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  3. Thanks, Caroline. I didn’t know this about St. Patrick’s Day. As for the Pharisees, I’m with you. I have seen enough of them in my own life, and I hope and pray that I am not even the teensiest bit like that. Ugh! ……………..Good blog! πŸ™‚

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    • You and me both! Tim Keller told the story of the prodigal so. In a way that opened my eyes. The younger rebellious son repented and was restored to his father. The older good son refused to go into the party and be with his father. Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees in this story. They refused him because they were so good at keeping rules they thought they didn’t need grace.

      Oh God, I NEED GRACE!

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  4. Thank you Caroline, thank you for reminding me about the story of St. Patrick. You summed it up so well what following Jesus means! I hope many people read your blog to be reminded what Christianity is really about; costly love. Blessings on your day!

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  5. It is all about happiness, isn’t it? What indeed is at the core of the plethora of festivals that exist all over the globe? But methinks, why do we need a festival to remind us to be happy. What is the practise we need to bring into ourselves so that ‘Being happy’ lives in our genes?

    A while back, I too had mused on Happiness and had written a post which I am linking below. Trust you find it interesting.

    http://esgeemusings.com/2012/03/15/happiness-and-the-theory-of-relativity/

    Cheers

    Shakti

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  6. Happy St Paddy’s Day!!! πŸ™‚

    Btw, I never knew the story of St Patrick. Sounds like a great guy.

    I find his forgiveness humbling. To truly practice forgiveness is a wonderful thing.

    But it is also wise, as those you forgive no longer carry the burden of sorrow or vengeance on their shoulders. They are free.

    Thanks for sharing

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