The Mother of the Sons of Zebedee


Matthew 20:17-28


Jesus predicted His passion and death.

He would be degraded and crucified.

He prepared the Apostles for their deaths.

They would share in Jesus’ resurrection.


The mother of the sons of Zebedee

Wanted one son to sit at His right hand

And the other to sit at His left hand.

This did not sit well with all the others.


Jesus Christ did not impose His power.

The most humble became the first of all.

Saint Peter called priests to shepherd the flock.

Saint Paul was a servant to everyone.


King Herod decapitated Saint James.

Saint John died on the island of Patmos.


Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas. Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel and Poems About the Gospel II are books for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem. Poems About the Gospel is available from Sporting Chance PressAmazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal LakePoems About the Gospel II is exclusively available from Amazon.

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