St Patrick - 17th March

Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of St Patrick. One of the things that we should remember about him is that he is first and foremost a missionary bishop – he went out to preach the gospel to those who had not heard it.

We all know the story about his capture and slavery, but is it not truly remarkable that he went back to those places? He had come to love his captors so much that he wanted to share the gospel with them to make them free.

Patrick was a man of immense faith but also immense courage. Again we know the stories of him challenging the High King of Ireland over the lighting of the Easter fire and the like. His faith was something that empowered him.

In our own day we don’t have to go far to encounter those who have never heard the gospel message. They are all around us. We need something of Patrick’s courage, something of his faith, but above all something of his love so that we too can go out and proclaim the gospel in all its fullness.

May St. Patrick, one the greatest missionary saints the church here has produced pray for us to follow his example. P.D.