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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

3/17/11 St. Patrick and the Resurrection

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:23-26)

10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. (Philippians 3:10)

(Patrick of Ireland died 3/17/493 this is his gravemarker in Downpatrick)
Thoughts: "The Life and Acts of St. Patrick" says this about Patrick of Ireland: "For the blind and the lame, the deaf and the dumb, the palsied, the lunatic, the leprous, the epileptic, all who labored under any disease, did he in the Name of the Holy Trinity restore unto the power of their limbs and unto entire health; and in these good deeds was he daily practiced. Thirty and three dead men, some of whom had been many years buried, did this great reviver raise from the dead, as above we have more fully recorded." Dublin, Ireland is supposedly named after an Irish princess, Dublina, whom Patrick raised from the dead in the power and name of Christ.  See for more information on Patrick's miracles of resurrection.   Patrick admitted in his own words that he had performed miracles, but quickly noted that it was not by his ability, but by the power and grace of God.Jesus is raised from the dead and ascended to heaven; Patrick is buried in Downpatrick.  In our secular culture, we would prefer to think of Patrick as an excuse for drinking too much green beer, but Patrick was a courageous missionary who was used by God to convert a nation.  He is an example for us as he followed the example of Christ.

Prayer: May I know the power of your resurrection.  May your grace that gives life, give me hope.

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