The Story of St. Patrick
Do you know the story of St. Patrick? He was born in the 5th century in Britain (Who knew?). As a child he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland.
One day he dreamed there was a boat waiting to rescue him. He decided to act on his dream, escaped, and sure enough there was a boat waiting to take him back to Britain where he studied to be a priest.
As a priest he was given the opportunity to serve anywhere he wanted. He chose Ireland. He chose to go back to the place of his captivity. His story reminds me of Jonah who was asked to go to the people of Nineveh, who he hated. Or, of Jesus saying, "love your enemies."
To honor St. Patrick this weekend, you might consider doing something nice to someone who has treated you badly. Reach out to someone you haven't spoken to in a long time. Show God's love to someone who doesn't deserve it. Just a thought.