Fr Kirby’s Korner

These are indeed interesting times. Who would have thought even a week ago that Masses and other parish events would be cancelled? Here we are, wondering how to respond when we are asked to stay at home and away from each other? I hear people wonder aloud, “Jesus didn’t exclude...

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Fr Kirby’s Korner

Today’s Gospel tells the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at “Jacob’s Well.” It is interesting how detailed John’s account of this story is. “Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there.” You can go to...

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Fr Kirby’s Korner

The Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind as the country and in fact the world continues to try to cope and understand this illness. Concerns over spreading the virus have caused a reexamination of some of our habits and the way we interact with each other. Granted the current numbers of...

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Fr Kirby’s Korner

I always like to remind myself how important the movement of air is in our ordinary lives as well as our faith. In our daily lives, the movement of air is what motivates and directs our weather. The movement of air allows for recreation, while at the same time can...

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Fr Kirby’s Korner

In his song “Brownsville Girl,” Bob Dylan writes, “People don’t do what they believe in. They just do what’s most convenient,  then they repent.” I think about this line from this song whenever I hear this reading or those similar to it. Christianity is not convenient. It is difficult at...

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Fr Kirby’s Korner

Jesus tells his disciples that he has not come to abolish the Law, nor will the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law. This seems like hyperbole, but what Jesus is talking about is what is known as the “jot.” A jot is one of those little...

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Fr Kirby’s Korner

When I was young we would always eat as a family around 6pm. Most of the family would be seated by the time dad joined us. Dad would be seated and scan the table. If he did not see the red salt shaker he would, throw his hands in the...

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Fr Kirby’s Korner

In the readings from the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, we are introduced to two characters from Luke’s Gospel, Simeon and Anna. Simeon, a righteous and pious man and Anna, a prophetess who never left the Temple. They both arrive at the same time as Jesus and his...

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