Patrick returned to Ireland where he had been enslaved, to tell about the love of Christ. At that time in Ireland, influential and fierce religious leaders called Druids held power, and the Irish people worshiped fearful gods, perhaps involving human sacrifices.
In spite of encountering many dangers, Patrick traveled around Ireland telling about his God, who loved people so much He sent His only Son to die for their sins. Many young people began to follow Patrick’s teaching. It is said that within a hundred years Ireland turned Christian. So many Irish became Christians that the “flavor” of Irish society changed to be more Christ-like, loving and forgiving.
This significant societal change which occurred over time reminds me of Jesus’ parable about the effect of a little yeast in a large amount of flour:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.” (Matt. 13.33 NLT)
Coffee/tea thought: May Patrick’s experience give us courage today wherever we are to allow God to use _us_ to help permeate our world with the “yeast” of the Kingdom of Heaven.
March 7th, 2019
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