The Shepherds Found the Holy Family


Luke 2:16-21


The shepherds were nearby Israelites.

They went in haste to nearby Bethlehem.

They opened their hearts and received great joy.


Let us be grateful to the Apostles.

They replaced circumcision with Baptism.

Long before we are in an earthly tomb,

Now we can name babies in the womb.


When we are tempted to complain about

Accommodations, let us remember

A stable was good enough for Jesus.


If we ever have one more flight delay,

We can still thank God for the Wright brothers.

If the Bears ever lose another game,

We can still be grateful for our mothers.


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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