Thursday, March 17
Read Matthew 6:1-24

Today we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, on the 1,550th anniversary of his death. He was enslaved by the Irish, escaped to his native England, then responded to God’s call in returning to Ireland as a missionary.

When his career was done, Patrick had established some 200 churches in Ireland and led more than 100,000 to faith in Christ, despite more than a dozen attempts on his life. Today he is the patron saint of Ireland. His death on March 17, 461 is remembered each year as St. Patrick’s Day.

In his Confessions Patrick wrote, “I am greatly a debtor to God, who has bestowed his grace so largely upon me, that multitudes were born again to God through me. The Irish, who had never had the knowledge of God and worshiped only idols and unclean things, have lately become the people of the Lord, and are called sons of God.”

Patrick was one of the greatest missionaries and spiritual leaders in history. He took enormous risks to make Jesus’ priorities his own: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).

How can you win over worry? By trusting your fears and problems unconditionally to your Father. Paul the Apostle was convinced that “my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). The will of God never leads where the grace of God cannot sustain.

For reflection
If Jesus is your Lord, you are the child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This King knows how to provide for his subjects. What worries will you entrust to him today?


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