“59…For beyond any doubt on that day we shall rise again in the brightness of the sun, that is, in the glory of Christ Jesus our Redeemer, as children of the living God and co-heirs of Christ, made in his image; for we shall reign through him and for him and in him.” (Patrick’s Confessions)
(This is a repost from 2015.)
I’m a sucker for holidays and themes, and not just because they’re an excuse to indulge in some of my favorite foods–although that does help (Shepherd’s Pie or Shamrock Shake anyone!?). So tonight I finally got around to reading The Confessions of Patrick (otherwise known as St. Patrick) and it was a treat. This mid-fifth century work is short but stocked full of rich Trinitarian theology, an attractive humility coupled with gratitude for God’s mercies, and keen insights as to his understanding of salvation. Patrick quotes freely from both testaments and seems to see his own missionary journey in line with Acts and the spread of the gospel to all nations. One of its greatest strengths is his missionary zeal and passion for the spread of the gospel. He sees himself as a humble servant redeemed by God and at his disposal for the kingdom. Here’s a sampling of quotes from the book. It’s a short read and you can find the text free online.