A Tale of Two Sons, a Lesson for All


Matthew 21:28-32


Two sons struggled to do their father’s will.

One son said no to work; then he did work.

The other said yes and then he did not.

“Blazing Saddles” Mel Brooks said, “work, work, work.”


Work is a blessing that we should not shirk.

Not only do it but do it with heart.

At the office, my father used to say,

“Work is the thing that makes our hearts sing.”


The tax collectors and the prostitutes

Saw John the Baptist come in righteousness.

They believed in him and they repented.

They applied for heaven; God relented.


Appearances don’t fool God Almighty.

Be authentic; work with integrity.



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 is a book 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 Lake.


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