Christ Arose and Appeared to the Women


Matthew 28:8-15


Jesus first appeared to holy women

Because they had been faithful and valiant.

Then Jesus appeared to the Apostles.

He had not seen them since the Last Supper.


Matthew avoids giving minor details.

The Resurrection was magnificent.

It was extraordinary.

Easter Sunday is a Hall of Fame day.


The soldiers who were stationed at the Tomb

Were given bribes to say that the body

Of Jesus had been stolen.  Matthew wrote

In glorious, humble disagreement.


Soldiers of Christ do not take bribes, but we’re

Allowed to accept Confirmation gifts.


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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