Christ Cured a Man Who Had a Withered Hand


Luke 6:6-11


Long after Christ had cured a withered hand,

Professor Harold Hill led a boys’ band.

The scribes and Pharisees were a tough crowd.

Compared to Jesus, they were way too loud.


There are people who seem to be heartless.

Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz” had heart.

He was presuming he could be human.

He was tender, gentle, sentimental.


My father often imagined that his

Children were asking, “What are we going

To do with Pop?”  We enjoyed his singing,

His stories, and his many kindnesses.


When I had two broken hands, Coach Willett

Said, “You don’t run with your hands; stay in shape.”


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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