Saturday, March 17
Today we say “Yes” to Wearing Green and “No” to Excluding Others. In this St. Patrick’s Day Challenge, we honor one of the oldest traditions of Wearing Green clothing. An accompanying tradition of St. Patrick’s Day involves those who don’t wear Green: they’re supposed to get pinched. But today, we’re not going to exclude the non-Green participants by pinching them. Today we’re going to love them even more.
Where does Wearing Green originate? It appears to be the Leprechauns’ fault, mythical creatures who protect their treasures by tricking “would-be” thieves. Apparently, one of their common tricks is to pinch people who get close to their hidden treasure. However, Leprechauns are color-blind to the color green, thus, by Wearing Green clothing, thieves could become invisible to the mythical creatures and escape the pinches. We can’t verify if any of this is true, or if Leprechauns really hide their treasures at the base of the rainbow, but I suppose if you get pinched today and nobody is around, you must be close.(Just remember to give a little of your treasure to the church.)
We’re not sure if Jesus ever wore Green, but, if He did, He certainly wasn’t worried about Leprechauns or their treasure. However, Jesus was a big proponent of fitting the Gospel into popular culture. Sure, Jesus preached some things that were not well-received by society, but He also made a point to go straight to the needs of all people. He didn’t Exclude, discriminate, or withhold blessings because of the color of someone’s clothing. Jesus provided for the needs of everyone from the abundance of love that He had for all people.
“They brought to Jesus a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. Jesus took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and Jesus spat and touched the man’s tongue. Then looking up to heaven, Jesus sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly” (Mark 7:32-35, NRSV).
Today, make a point to include someone who might be looking in from the outside. Then, join in the fun and wear something Green!
Today, say “Yes” to Wearing Green and “No” to Excluding Others!