14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:14-16 (English Standard Version)
This coming Friday is St. Patrick's Day, the feast day for the patron saint of Ireland. It has always been a day that I made sure to wear green (I never wanted to get pinched), and eat corned beef and cabbage. If you ever do any research on St. Patrick, you will find that he traveled back to Ireland (the land where he was a slave for 6 years) so that he could teach them the Gospel and baptize them. At that time, most of those living in Ireland were worshippers of gods and goddesses and idols, but they did not worship the one true God. They did not know the truth. St. Patrick followed what Jesus ordained all Christians to do, to proclaim the gospel to everyone. Those who believe and are baptized will be saved, but those who do not believe will be condemned.