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March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017

Today in History
On this day in 461 AD – Saint Patrick, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. For the next six years, he worked as a herder in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the voice that he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain. Patrick had another dream hearing the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country and walk among them once more. After studying for the priesthood, Patrick was ordained a bishop. He arrived in Ireland in 433 and began preaching the Gospel, converting many thousands of Irish and building churches around the country. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church. www.history.com

Today in the Word
Ephesians 2:17-8 NLT
He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

Today’s Reflection
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice and because of the work of the Holy Spirit, we are all welcomed at the throne of grace regardless of gender, social standing, financial status, race, nationality, political affiliation, or any other differences. This equal access is a peace brought to us because Jesus paid the price for the peace and sent the Spirit to give us the assurance that we are loved and heard by the almighty God.

Today’s Prayer
Father, I recognize that I can come before you only because of your desire to cleanse me at great cost and to give me the gift of the Holy Spirit to bring true peace. I ask for the peace that passes all understanding and I also ask that you lead and guide me in the way I should go. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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