Christ Foretold His Death and Resurrection

                Matthew 16:21-27

Jesus knew that He would be sacrificed.

He accepted this as His destiny.

He also knew that His death was not the end.

He would rise from death and receive glory.


Peter did not want Jesus to suffer.

Then Jesus quickly corrected Peter.

Christ had to suffer to be Messiah.

This was His mission.  He accepted it.


Christ explained what commitment to Him means.

We offer ourselves as a sacrifice.

Holiness is a spiritual battle.

Mortification leads to joy and peace.


Des Plaines is the City of Destiny.

Illinois is the Land of Abe Lincoln.


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.  McCaskey’s latest book is Tuition Rebate.   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–both books are available from Amazon.

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