The Sons of Zebedee Make a Request


Mark 10:35-45


James and John were the sons of Zebedee.

They were well known as the sons of thunder.

They would have been like Payton and Suhey.


Christ asked, “Are you able to drink the cup?”

They wanted to be at the right and left

Of Jesus.  Instead, Jesus had two thieves.


The Passion of Jesus was baptism.

His sufferings purified the whole world.


Christ said, “I am here to serve not be served.”

Let us go out therefore and do likewise.


Let us see who can be the most humble.

Let us not be proud of humility.


When I started working for the Bears, I

Was everyone’s assistant.  I still am.


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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