Father Kirby’s Korner

Today is Trinity Sunday, the most dreaded weekend for anyone preparing a homily or sermon for the day. It can only be rivaled by Paul’s “Wife’s obey your husbands” in squeamishness in homilizing about.  To talk about the Trinity in any length, one must enter into some heady and theological...

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Gospel Meditation

June 9, 2019 Pentecost Sunday “God is always more.” Have you ever heard that? If we truly believe that He is infinite, then this statement is worth exploring. Today, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in power upon the early Church. But Pentecost wasn’t the first time the...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

Today’s Gospel, in my opinion is the most intimate glimpse of Jesus’ thoughts, emotions and feelings in his humanity. Of course the question is, “what is the source, that John processed that he used in his Gospel?” That question can be reserved to theologians and biblical scholars, but for our...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us that Advocate is coming, that is the Holy Spirit. The New Testament comes up with some pretty cool names. The comedian Jim Gaffigan does a routine about how the followers of Jesus came up with their names. He imagined the 12 asking Jesus if...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

”When Judas left, Jesus said, ‘Now is the Son of Man Glorified’.” Why? Why, on Thursday night, hours before he would be arrested, tortured, scourged and executed…why, would Jesus feel that he was glorified? It seems like an odd thing to say at that moment in Jesus’ life, especially at...

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Gospel Meditation

May 12, 2019 4th Sunday of Easter   We all face obstacles in life. Perhaps it’s a lost job, the death of a loved one, a sudden accident that places an unexpected dent in our finances. Sometimes the challenges are of our own making. Perhaps we’ve developed patterns of sin...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

Today’s Gospel is an example of John at his best. He gives us a wonderfully descriptive and charming description of the disciples’ behavior and attitudes, post resurrection and paints a purposeful description of post resurrection Jesus. There are some who criticize Peter’s and the others’ decision to go fishing, claiming...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

Since Holy Thursday, we have been talking about the wild ride of emotions that the disciples had endured since the strange proceedings at that last supper, to the violent arrest of Jesus, their fear and loss, the savage execution of the one they loved and followed. At the break of...

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Father Kirby’s Korner

Can you imagine the chaos that must have been going on among the disciples when they faced the risen Jesus? After all they had been through! They literally had their hearts ripped out when they watched their friend and their hero be cruelly executed, fearing that they too, would be...

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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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