This year, I’m gonna do the Shamrock Shake.
It disappeared for a few years, but McDonald’s has put their minty green shakes back on the menu for St Patrick’s Day.
Of course, at 840 calories for a large one, it will take a lot of shaking to burn off all that sugar!
Still, I think it might be worth it. Here’s what I learned (from Wikipedia):
Once upon a time there was a young boy named Patrick. He lived in Wales in the 5th century. At the age of 16 he was captured and taken to Ireland, where he served as a slave for 6 years. Finally, he escaped and went home to his family.
Time passed. Patrick became a priest. Then a Bishop. And where did he choose to go serve?
That’s right, Ireland. He returned to the country where he had been a slave, so that he could be a servant. Wow.
There are lots of stories about St. Patrick, and we don’t know which ones are true, and which ones aren’t. There’s one where his walking stick came back to life and began to bloom. There’s another one where he banishes all the snakes from Ireland (that’s a personal favorite of mine).
Perhaps the best story about St. Patrick involves the shamrock. Patrick used the 3-leafed shamrock to illustrate the trinity: Three separate leaves representing the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Separate, but connected. Working as one.
When I think about the way God must have touched Patrick’s life, it makes me happy. When I think about how he turned around and shared the Love of God with his own persecutors, it makes me want to dance.
It makes me want to do the Shamrock Shake! Hallelujah!
So, whether you do the dance, or drink the dessert, or both, remember that God is the one who delivers us from bondage, and calls us into service.
And because of faithful disciples, like St Patrick, who devote their lives to the Church, we can say:
Welcome to Christianity…
Millions and Millions Served.
Have a great week,