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 is a book 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.

Note: The Gospel for today, June 15, 2021, repeats the Gospel for yesterday, so our poem is the same.


Jesus Teaches the Fullness of the Law

               Matthew 5:38-48

Jesus Christ said let someone slap you twice.

Let someone else take your  coat and your cloak.

If you are forced to go one mile, go two.

Give to beggars and be willing to loan.


Jesus Christ also said pray for those who

Persecute you and love your enemies.

God makes the sun shine on good and evil.

He makes it rain on the just and the unjust.


It is easy to love those who love you.

Jesus said hello to everyone.

Keep the law to attain God’s holiness.

It’s a requirement, not a suggestion.


Be like our heavenly Father.

The Beatitudes are my bucket list.


Patrick McCaskey

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Image: Photograph from Father Lawrence Lew, O. P., Flickr.