Tuesday 17th March – Feast of St Patrick, Bishop & Secondary Patron of Nigeria

Reflection: 1 Peter 4:7-11


Today we celebrate St Patrick who is the Secondary Patron of Nigeria, with Our Lady as the Principal Patroness. Each time we celebrate the lives of Saints, Christ calls us as young people to lead lives that would make Nigeria a better place to live in. The saints made a difference in their environments because of their commitment to God and we too are called to make a difference for Christ in our dear country.

Do you have gifts or talents? God urges you through St Peter to use every God-given gift for the good of others. In what ways are you using your talents to bless other Nigerians? Our country has suffered from deep rooted corruption for decades; corruption that has cost us growth, development, good quality of life and basic social infrastructure. Corruption stems from nothing but greed and greed can only occur in the absence of love.

Everyone seems to speak ill of our country. Nigerians are disappointed with the leaders and there doesn’t seem to be a solution in sight. Dear friend, you are called to be holy. To be holy means to be “set apart”. You cannot afford to sit still and complain. Rise up and make a difference in your own corner. God tells you and me: “Never let your love for each other grow insincere, since love covers over many a sin.” Seek to grow in sincere love for God and for your neighbour. Fight against every form of greed in your life and use your gifts, talents and ability to make a difference. Only then would you be living up to your Christian calling as a Nigerian.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, through the intercession of St. Patrick, bless Nigeria and make us better youth. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 328 What can the individual contribute to the common good?

Working for the common good means assuming responsibility for others. The common good must be the business of everyone. This happens first of all when men get involved in their particular surroundings—family, neighborhood, workplace—and take responsibility. It is important also to exercise social and political responsibility.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins” 1 Peter 4:8 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: 1 Peter 4:7-11; Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10; Luke 5:1-11