Discipleship has Demands and Rewards


Matthew 10:37-42


Jesus before your father or mother.

Jesus before your sister or brother.

To be Jesus worthy take up His cross.

Do it always, even after a loss.


We can find Jesus through the narrow gate.

When we go to Mass, let us not be late.

If we take up the cross, we will find life.

Let us forget ourselves, even in strife.


Our reward is heavenly reception.

We will be received without deception.

Prophets and the righteous receive rewards.

They know they are pointed heaven towards.


Let us have a cold water cup to drink.

Disciples and children teach us to think.


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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Image:  “A Monk Preaching,” Giuseppe Maria Crespi (Italian, Bologna 1665–1747 Bologna), Lehman Collection at the Met.