The Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist


Mark 6:14-29


The Navarre Bible notes are instructive.

Saint John the Baptist was the Precursor.

He prepared the way of the Messiah.

People regarded John as a prophet.

They travelled great distances to see him.


“Herod had a certain respect for John

And liked to hear him speak, and yet ended

Up beheading him.”  The birthday feast was

Wild.  The young woman’s dance was seductive.

The king made a terrible oath.  These are

Examples of how not to behave.  Lust

Led King Herod into a great sin.


Jim Finks said of my dancing, “It looks like

You would rather be taking a beating.”


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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