From his famous writing, “Confession“, Patrick includes a rephrasing of John 1:
“There is no other God, nor ever was, nor will be, than God the Father unbegotten, without beginning, from whom is all beginning, the Lord of the universe, as we have been taught; and His son Jesus Christ, whom we declare to have always been with the Father, spiritually and ineffably begotten by the Father before the beginning of the world, before all beginning; and by Him are made all things visible and invisible…”
It was also St. Patrick who compared the shamrock’s tri-part leaves to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Host Spirit.
Legend has it that the shamrock is a remedy against the sting of scorpions and the bite of snakes.
Jesus tells His disciples in Luke 10:19-20,
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
Centuries later, in the 18th century, wearing the shamrock was considered to be a rebellious, treasonous act by the Irish regiments against the English crown. Rather than quell the rebellion, it caused a resurgence in the hearts of many in Ireland to wear a small cross of red and green instead, forever associating the shamrock with the cross of Christ.
Even to the ancients, the shamrock was seen symbolically as a reminder of the sacredness of life.
How fitting on today, Saint Patrick’s Day, that we have this vernal vestige to cause us to focus on the Creator rather than the creation.
Focus on the mystery of the ages of the Holy Trinity.
Feed your heart on the goodness of the Creator; let it enlarge your vision and pour out of you with overflowing abundant life-giving joy to those around you giving glory to God the Father.
Pray that our lives may reflect His glory and shine ever increasingly more brilliant in the darkness of our world today.
Even as Patrick prayed,
Almighty God, in Your providence You chose Your servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of You: Grant us so to walk in that light that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever AMEN.