Father Kirby’s Korner

If you are one of the scholars that come to our bible study group you would know that Luke’s version of Jesus’ delivering the beatitudes is different from Matthew’s. We are probably more familiar with this reading as the Sermon on the Mount, but here in Luke, the author makes...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

Today we hear Luke’s story of the call of Peter and the miraculous catch of fish. As the story goes, Jesus is playing to a sold out audience, so much so that he is forced to retreat to the shore and out unto Peter’s boat. Jesus asks Peter to put...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is in his own synagogue in Nazareth, reads from the scroll of Isaiah that foreshadows his coming into the world as the Messiah. He tells his hometown friends and family members, that the scripture he has just read, “is fulfilled in their hearing.”  He then goes...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

I find it humorous the way Luke begins his Gospel… "Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events...I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you,...so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

So we are beginning the long stretch of Ordinary Time in the Church. Now, Ordinary Time is not to be conflated with Boring Time. Let’s face it, most of our lives could be called ordinary and thank goodness we aren’t living day to day with such incredible high expectations. If...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

In Luke’s version of the Baptism of Jesus, he really doesn’t talk about Jesus’ actual baptism, although it could easily be implied.  He describes Jesus baptizing along with John the Baptist, presumably in the Jordan River, not far down the hill from Jerusalem.  Luke tells us that Jesus was baptizing and...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

“There is a wisdom in the openness of a child, an insight in its vulnerability. A child must trust us and rely on our fidelity. A child teaches us to forgive and to ask forgiveness. A child seals and expresses our love, our commitments. A child shows us how to...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

Back in 1995 while still going to school in Chicago, I spent a weekend at a parish on the near West Side of Chicago. It was in a very bad neighborhood, not far from The Stadium, where the Bulls and Black Hawks play. It is also near the huge abandoned...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

“He came, but not in splendor bright. Not as a monarch, but as a child…” These are some of the lyrics from the Advent hymn “Creator of the Stars at Night.” These words draw up some of the sentimental feelings associated with Christ’s birth and we may be tempted to...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

The Third Sunday of Advent is also know as Gaudete (“Rejoice”) Sunday. The word Gaudete is the first word in today’s Entrance Antiphon that was used regularly as part of the liturgy back in the day. We light the rose candle today and sometimes priests will wear rose colored vestments...

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