Christ Taught Before He Performed Miracles


Matthew 5:1-12


From the Navarre Bible commentary,

We know that “The Beatitudes proclaim

How to be fortunate, blessed.”  Jesus

Christ sustains hope in the midst of our trials.


The meek “do not give in to bitterness.”

The merciful overlook faults and help out.

The peacemakers have inner peace and get

Themselves and others reconciled to God.


The Sermon on the Mount took fifteen min-

utes.  I wasn’t there, but I have typed it

And timed it because I wanted to know

How long it took for the greatest sermon.


Living the Beatitudes is as easy

As an eight-step handshake.  Let’s demonstrate.


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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