Friday 17 March 2017

About Today Readings

Fri 17th. St Patrick. Jr 1:4-9; Ac 13:46-49; Lk 10:1-12,17-20.

In this special Lenten series – Darkness to light: An intimate journey with Jesus – our guest writer looks to the Gospel stories for answers to the questions that many of us ask when faced with difficult times.

‘Remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.’ Luke 10:3

St Patrick travelled like a lamb among wolves. As a teenager he was captured by pirates and sold into slavery. Being a slave, he learned about Jesus. He felt guilty about a terrible crime he committed when was young. So powerful was his experience of God’s love that he would became the indefatigable apostle of Ireland, all for the love of Jesus. He stayed always close to Jesus, his breastplate. He is said to have written in his Confessio: ‘The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same…. I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.’ Christ, when I am among wolves, be near me, be beside me, and be before me.

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