Jesus Wants Us to Avoid Scandal


Mark 9:41-50


Jesus said accept water in my name.

Do not cause little ones to be ashamed.

If one of your hands causes you to sin,

You should cut it off and be more thin.


Just avoiding sin is not quite enough.

The occasions of sin are not good stuff.

More earthly goods are not our destiny.

Let’s have souls ready for eternity.


From the Navarre Bible commentary,

We know that Isaiah 66:24

Is Mark 9:48, “where their worm does not

Die, and the fire is not quenched,” that is hell.


“Anything that might lead us to commit

Sin must be cut short…”  Enjoy your dinner.


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 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.


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