One of our favorite holidays is upon us: St. Patrick’s Day!
Our liturgical colors for Lent may be purple, but I hope that you will wear a bit o’ the green, for it’s a day that everyone—German, Polish, Italian, Scandinavian—can pretend to be Irish for the day.
But we can wear the green for another reason too: to give thanks to God for the gift of spring that lies only four days away. We’ve had enough of the of snow, ice and bitterly cold days! Thus we can at last rejoice that the dreariness and cold of winter is on its way out, and soon we will see the blessed signs of new life “springing” forth from the ground and the tree limbs. Wear the green in anticipation of this change of seasons. Wear it also in anticipation of the end of Lent that is soon to come, when the dreariness & cold of the tomb is left behind in the wake of the warmth of new life God that brings to us through Christ’s resurrection.
“May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.” -An Irish Prayer, from islandireland.com