Christ Cured a Man Who Had Been Paralyzed


Luke 5:17-26


A paralyzed man had great faith in Christ.

His helpers also had great faith in Christ.

They lifted him through a hole in a roof.

Father Smyth taught me, “Never refuse help.”


Christ had authority from His Father.

Jesus cares for our bodies and our souls.

He said to the man who was paralyzed,

“Rise, take up your bed and go home.”  Amen.


Saint Ambrose wrote, “Therefore, let you, who judge,

Learn to pardon; you, who are ill, learn to

Beg for forgiveness.”  If you doubt that you

Can be forgiven ask the Church for prayers.


God Almighty does not steer a parked car.

My dad used to say, “There’s work to be done.”


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.  The Sports and Faith include stories of athletes and others who live exemplary lives like George “Papa Bear” Halas, Pat’s grandfather. Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel is Patrick’s first book of poems where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every one. Poems About the Gospel is available from Sporting Chance PressAmazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal Lake.


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