Ten Lepers Were Cured and One Was Grateful

 

Luke 17:11-19

 

Lepers could not live with healthy people.

Lepers had to announce their leprosy.

They had to keep their distance from Jesus.

They had to shout out their appeal to Him.

 

The ten lepers asked Jesus for mercy.

He told them to show themselves to the priests.

While they were on the way, they were all cured.

One of them came back to thank Jesus Christ.

 

When the priest says that the Mass is ended,

Our grateful response is, “Thanks be to God.”

 

My father, Ed McCaskey, defeated

Hitler with a sling and five smooth stones.  My

father quite often said, “I was robbed of

my pension by an ungrateful nation.”

 

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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