Four Friends Help a Paralyzed Man Get Cured


Mark 2:1-12


Jesus came to town; the news spread quickly.

Quite soon there was a large crowd around Him.

Four clever friends made a hole in the roof.

They were men of faith, not vigilantes.


They lowered their friend, a paralyzed man,

On a stretcher, through the hole in the roof.

Jesus forgave the paralyzed man’s sins.

Then the man was no longer paralyzed.


Max Swiatek is number one on the Bears’

Longevity list: sixty-years.

His wife, Irene, shaved him while he slept so

He could get right to work in the morning.

When someone returned to work after sur-

gery, he asked, “How was your vacation?”


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 and Poems About the Gospel II are books 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. Poems About the Gospel II is exclusively available from Amazon.

Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O. P., My Lord and My God, Relief sculpture from the chapel of the Nashville Dominican Sisters’ retreat house, Bethany.

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