Word Sharpener News: I love this time of the year. Not only is Spring upon us, but it is when we celebrate the greatest event in history, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because Easter is early this year, Saint Patrick’s Day is also celebrated in the mix of the holy days. So here a line up of holidays for this week.
Saint Patrick’s Day: Thursday, March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. Everyone loves to celebrate by wearing green and having parades. But most don’t know the spiritual significance of the man named Patrick.
Patrick was born in Kilpatrick, Scotland in the year, 387. His parents were Romans living in Britain. At the age of fourteen, Patrick was captured by a raiding party and taken to Ireland to herd sheep. Ireland, at that time, was populated by pagans and druids. Patrick, during his captivity, learned the language and culture of Ireland. He also used his captivity to grow closer to God.
Six years later, at the age of twenty, Patrick had a dream from God to leave Ireland. In the dream, he was told to escape to the coast. When he arrived at the coast, a ship from Britain was waiting for him. He returned home to his family.
Later Patrick studied for the priesthood, became a bishop, and returned to Ireland as a missionary. Patrick preached the Gospel throughout Ireland, and many were converted. He died on March 17th, 461.
The reason the shamrock is used to represent St. Patrick is because he used the shamrock to illustrate the trinity. Since the shamrock is green, that color is also used to represent Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day.
Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 20th is Palm Sunday. This is the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and starts Holy Week. You can read about Palm Sunday in Matthew 21, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-48, and John 12. You can find the Old Testament prophecies that predicted this event in Zachariah 9:9 and Psalm 118:25.
International Women’s Month: March is International Women’s Month. I’ll continue to post stories about women of the faith in church history throughout March.
Verse of the Week: They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” John 12:13 (NIV)
Quote of the Week: If the man may preach, because the Savior died for him, why not the woman, seeing he died for her also? — Jarena Lee (1783-1855), African American woman evangelist
Video of the Week: Skit Guys Palm Sunday