March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a day when everyone seems to be Irish; and it’s only a short leap till spring is celebrated. The color green is predominant and symbolizes creations reneweal to new life.
St. Patrick is Ireland’s patron saint. In the 5th century he took Christianity to a new culture where Celtic lore and beliefs were cultivated deeply within people’s lives.
He used the Shamrock to explain the Trinity to unbelievers. For some “Saints” are special people who have been given special abilities from God, of curse you have to be dead to be a saint.
However that’s not the biblical understanding of the apostle Paul. Paul states, greet the saints in Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi and etc. In Romans 1:17 he writes “Beloved of God, called to be saints.”
Paul believed everyone called by God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ were “Saints.” Not that any saint is perfect, complete or holy but simply through Christ’s redemptive act on a cross His children become saints.
So each of us are saints in our own right. Let our actions and attitudes be becoming of a saint.
Pastor Blaine Pritchett