Father Kirby’s Korner

Most unsuspecting Catholics will come to Mass today and react in horror when they realize that we will read the Passion. “Oh, no!” they think, “this will last forever I will have to stand for so long!” Yes, such is the burden of Catholics on Palm Sunday, why does the Church...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

We tend to wax eloquently on and on about what we call “the good old days,” that magical, elusive and non-specific time of yore. We look back and imagine a time, usually of our own construction of this time, when everything was right, ordered and just. The problem is, the...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

There are many people who like to gather with sinners.  They like to indulge themselves into whatever is base, but at the same time may feel that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the group or their shared activities.  They find solace in the echo chamber of the affirmations they...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

Humans always seem to turn everything into a competition. Whether it is who has the most, who is the best or who is on the Mount Rushmore of…..? We can even compete on things that should not be competitive, like competing with each other in holiness, piety or who has...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

Today’s Gospel challenges all the easy assumptions that we make about Jesus: Jesus the inspiring teacher, Jesus the compassionate preacher, Jesus the friend of the poor. He is all these, but he is also the One who comes from the Father, the One who we believe, was prepared for by...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

In the Gospel of Luke today, we hear the familiar story of the temptations of Jesus in the desert.  What strikes me is that the “Spirit led Jesus” into the desert.  In Mark’s Gospel the Spirit “drives” Jesus into the desert to be tempted by Satan.  I always wondered, why...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

During rush hour in Chicago near the corner of Melbourne Ave and Michigan Ave, a blind man was having trouble crossing the street. Soon he felt the presence of another man standing next to him. The man asked, “are you crossing the street?” The blind answer “yes!” The man grabbed...

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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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