The Call of Matthew and Many Others


Matthew 9:9-13


Peter, Andrew, James, John were fishermen.

Matthew was a sinning tax collector.

Paul was eagerly destroying Christians.

Jesus Christ called them and many others.


The Navarre Bible notes are instructive.

“When God calls us, he does not expect us

To have great qualities; he wants us to

Listen carefully,” and respond promptly.


Matthew gave up “collaboration with

The oppressive Roman regime.”  He took

Up cooperation with Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Matthew wrote the first Gospel.


Jesus associated with sinners.

Thank you for associating with me.


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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