The Leprosy Left Him, He Was Made Clean


Mark 1:40-45


From the Navarre Bible commentary,

We know that “In the gestures and words of

This leper seeking a cure from Jesus,

We can see his prayer (which is full of faith),

And his delight once he is cured…Jesus’

Own gestures and words show his compassion…”


After I had graduated from high school,

The Pat McCaskey Award was started.

It went to the member of the track team,

Who had the most acne on his back.


Many years ago, cancer, basil cell

Carcinoma, was removed from my back.

It wasn’t the curing of a leper,

But it was a helpful cure for cancer.


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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Image: Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. God the Father, Carved tympanum above the entrance to the church of the Carmelite Convent of the Annunciation in Alba de Tormes.