Grace is Greater than Luck

“…we had to celebrate and rejoice.”  Luke 15:32 [NRSV]

The Luck of the Irish is a whimsical cliché` that one hears from time to time on the occasion of an unexpected good fortune.  But many people make merry of the Luck of the Irish particularly on March 17th otherwise known as St. Patrick’s Day.  Indeed on St. Patrick’s Day there are parades and festivals; people converge upon Irish pubs to drink green beer; sing old Irish songs together; and then go home and eat green pastries.

The rejoicing is for good reason, which is to gaily commemorate their Irish heritage.  Old stories of shamrocks are told and read to little children; and sometimes St. Patrick’s Day is just as another motivation for even those other than the Irish to happily join in the celebration and rejoice with friends and acquaintances.

Even so, St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of St. Patrick is intrinsically more than joviality for a day.  Rather it is a cultural and religious celebration in respect for St. Patrick (c. AD 385-461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland who died on March 17. The day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand.

It is here that we see that the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration is about more than luck; its commemorations are about more than merriness; but about the blessed Christian faith in Jesus that finally came to light to a people in a country far, far away from its origination.  No longer about false hope but is more about access to an eternal grace now and forever that is greater than luck.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes