Jesus Preached and Called His First Disciples


Mark 1:14-20


After John the Baptist was arrested,

Jesus preached about the Kingdom of God.

People who want to have a share in it

Need a conversion and an acceptance.


Christ called Simon and his brother Andrew.

Jesus Christ called James and his brother John.

And they responded immediately.

The Disciples left everything behind.


After Jesus had risen from the dead,

The Apostles echoed Jesus’ preaching.

Thanks to the great Apostles, we have the

Sacrament of Reconciliation.


When my mother asks me to do something,

I say, “I’ll do that next.”  And then I do.


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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Image: Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O. P., Jesus Taught Them: Detail from the bronze doors of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Holy Land,