• Robert J. LaCosta

St. Patrick Doesn't Drink Corona

The I-90 bridge across The Hudson River is eerily quiet for a Monday morning as if the coronavirus has re-routed commuter traffic. 

But if, with some Irish luck, I could drive across that same bridge for 3,082 miles, I would pull up to a church just outside Dublin, Ireland just in time to read along "The Confessions of St. Patrick” whose words would make more than just the Irish settle down even as the coronavirus settled in.

From this same body of work, we could deduce that Patrick could easily have used the shamrock ☘️ to express the three-in-one quality of his beloved Trinity whom he details explicitly more than most contemporary evangelicals. What does The Trinity have to do with coronavirus? It’s kind of like 3-on-1 in basketball. The Trinity is the slam dunk of trust.

Radically converted after being kidnapped, Patrick was set aside by his captives (and one might argue, by God) to tend sheep - not unlike Moses. When God brings any one of us through the “blahs and baahs,” such a separation ironically produces closeness for sheep have a way of simultaneously teaching us the polarized ways of humanity; that is, our waywardness and dependency of souls upon The Great Shepherd.

If you want to talk about troubles, you might want to share a pint with Patrick in heaven. He would surely listen and nod as you told him about the coronavirus, in-laws and outlaws, overdraft statements, sleeplessness, prodigals, and achy bones from the danged chills of the month of March (one a shepherd in the rainy Hibernia hills would intimately know). 

But after your list, no matter how long and how many beers it takes to tell your sorry tale, the patient Patrick might look up at you and quote from “The Confessions of St. Patrick:” 

“For He Himself has said through the Prophet; ‘Call upon me in the day of thy trouble, and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.’ And again He says; ‘it is honourable to reveal and confess the works of God.’”

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Trust is something earned and so He proves Himself during our lives. God brings each of us through the uncomfortable so we might become the unmovable.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1 NLT


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