The Ultimate Good Came from Nazareth


John 1:45-51


If the Apostles had played football,

They would have been a great team.

We don’t know much about Bartholomew,

So he would have been a lineman.

Let’s put him at left guard with the nickname Bart.


Philip found Bartholomew-Nathanael.

We don’t know much about Philip either,

So he would have been a lineman too.

Let’s put him at left tackle with the nickname Phil.


Since Bart said that Jesus was the Son of God,

Jesus said that Bart “will see heaven opened

And the angels of God ascending and

Descending on the Son of Man.”

That would be a great postgame show.


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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