St Patrick - the Patron Saint of Ireland & Grand Slams
Week beginning: 1st April, 2018 | By Peter Brown | Ballymoney
"Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favour as with a shield."Psalm 5:12 (NIV)
I presume it is a coincidence that the only contributor from Ireland is submitting his Word for the Week for Easter Monday on St Patrick's Day, coinciding with another Irish Six Nations Grand Slam?
The story of St Patrick is well known – his capture in his youth, escape from slavery in Ireland, voluntary return after a vision to evangelise his former captors (though not the secondary motive of ensuring his eligibility for their rugby team under the residency rule!) and his subsequent banishing of the snakes and illustration of the trinity with the shamrock (before his audience drowned it).
Perhaps his most enduring spiritual legacy for the modern church however, is St Patrick's Breastplate, his prayer of protection.
As we hopefully enjoy a short break from work after the spiritual refreshment of the celebration of Easter, as the Psalm above reminds us, we should continue to bind ourselves to the virtue of the crucifixion and resurrection. Also that Christ is with us, before us, behind us, within us, beneath us, above us, at our right and at our left and in the heart of everyone who thinks of us, the mouth of everyone who speaks to us, the eye of everyone who sees us and the ear of everyone who hears us, both today and when many of us return to our legal roles later this week.
1. Pray that we would be conscious of God surrounding us individually and corporately in everything we do at work, at home and at church this week.
2. Pray that all those we come into contact with in all those contexts should see, hear and experience God in us.