Jesus Gave the Apostles a Mission


Mark 16:15-18


From the Navarre Bible commentary,

We know that “Jesus summarizes the

Apostles’ mission…to preach salvation

To the whole world…” baptize everyone.


Let the record show, I have been baptized.

Father Bird presided at Saint Mary’s.

George Stanley Halas was my godfather.

Flossie McCaskey was my godmother.


Like the Apostles, I have a mission.

I am a lector: I am a speaker.

My themes are Chicago Bears’ history,

Faith based education, and sports and faith.


Football has Commandments and Beatitudes

And if the Apostles had played football.

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.


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