Parables: The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin


Luke 15:1-10


God Almighty desires everybody:

Incarnation for civilization.


The shepherd found the lost sheep and rejoiced.

The woman found the lost coin and rejoiced.

The shepherd and the woman are like God.

When a sinner repents, there is much joy.


From the Navarre Bible commentary,

we know that, “In the face of our weakness,

God does not stand idly by: he goes out

in search of what is lost and makes every

effort to find it…But, above all, he

rejoices—as he does when we seek him.”


Christ received sinners and ate with them.  Thank

you for receiving and eating with me.


Patrick McCaskey

The Parable of the Prodigal Son


Luke 15:1-3, 11-32


The younger son offended his father.

Both of them needed reconciliation.

There is forgiveness and a fatted calf.

The older son is selfish and jealous.

He also needs reconciliation.


The Navarre Bible notes are instructive.

“Meditation on this passage will help

Us to be optimistic (and) confident.”


In the relation to the parable of

The prodigal son, I’ve been the younger

Son.  I have been rebellious.  I have been

The older son.  I have been resentful.


Now my goal is to be the father.  For-

give others as I have been forgiven.


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.  McCaskey’s latest book is Tuition Rebate.   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–both books are available from Amazon.

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