Pray with Humility and Confidence


Luke 5:12-16


From the Navarre Bible commentary,

We know that “The man’s disease made him very

(very) ugly, and people shunned him for fear

Of contagion.  Sin has the same effects.”


We sin.  We need forgiveness and God’s grace.

“With humility and confidence, we

Will often borrow the leper’s words and

Pray, ‘Lord if you will, you can make me clean.’”


And “the Gospel shows us Jesus going

Off alone, to pray.  We too need to set a-

Side time for frequent, personal prayer in

The midst of our daily activities.”


Now let’s review.  If we ask Jesus to

Cure our ugliness, He will make us clean.


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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