Jesus Christ Taught the Fullness of the Law

Matthew 5:20-26


Christ wants us to be more than compliant.

You cannot be angry at your brother.

You can’t utter insults at your brother.

You cannot complain about your brother.


I have seven brothers: Mike, Tim, Ned, George,

Rich, Brian, and Joseph.  Jesus had none.


This passage says no thanks to resentment,

Hatred, gossip, backbiting, and slander.


The Navarre Bible notes are instructive.

Saint Augustine noted there is a

Gradation in sin and in punishment.


If my brothers have something against me,

I have to get reconciliation.

Then I’m eligible to give money.


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 LakePoems About the Gospel II is exclusively available from Amazon.

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