Beauty inside

Butker and a priest surprise two KC-area students with tickets to the Chiefs AFC title game

ROELAND PARK, Kan. – Some of the cheapest Chiefs tickets for this weekend Chiefs vs. Bengals game are nearly $500. But two teenagers from the Kansas City area got four tickets “for free.” They also received a lesson in peace and kindness.

A generous priest traveling the world offered two students to St. Agnes Catholic School two tickets each to the AFC Championship game.

Graham Walsh and Luke Allen, both 13, jump for joy.

“I would say I’m very lucky for that,” Allen said.

Father Jim Sichko is a Papal Missionary of Mercy for Pope Francis.

He organized a three-day retreat in Sainte-Agnès and these 13-year-olds attended night after night.

“If you trust the Lord, you will always be blessed a thousand times over,” Walsh said.

Taking a page from Butker’s book, they remained focused. The boys answered questions about Jesus and the Bible correctly and chose the correct envelopes, with gold and red bills inside.

“I was trying to stay cool but my legs were shaking a lot,” Allen said.

“I felt they were really brave enough to get in front of those 400 people and basically it was luck of the draw,” Sichko said.

“I understand you may have gotten those tickets through Harrison Butker, did you meet him, did you bless his feet?” FOX4’s Regan Porter Asked Sichko

“Let me say this. Harrison is a great guy, a big Catholic…and when I needed to take a selfie with him, he took one,” Sichko said with a laugh.

Sure, tickets to the Chiefs are great, but Sichko taught the 400 people in attendance two things. Lessons in kindness and generosity.

“They believed that whatever came out of it would be fine and I think that’s the beauty,” Sichko said. “That’s really life, you just gotta do the best you can, you gotta try and go for it.”

“Trust in God that when you are willing to be generous, when you are willing to give what you have,
you will receive a thousand times more,” said the priest of St. Agnes Church, Father Bill Porter.

This message rooted in the gospel, as these students root for their leaders.

“Keep calm, like any other game,” Walsh said. “You have this noisy crowd behind you. Just enjoy and win.

St. Agnes is praying for a Chiefs win, even sending extra Hail Marys.

“Maybe a trip to the super bowl,” Walsh said.

“We already play to their God-gifted abilities,” Porter said.

The Chiefs and Bengals face off at Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday. Kick-off is at 2 p.m.