Homilies from December 2022
No Room at the Inn
God chose to bring His Son into the world with humble beginnings. He was not greeted with a 21-gun salute or with public celebration; he was born in a cold, smelly stable. God could have chosen anyone to be His Son’s parents, but he chose to have two regular people bring Jesus into this world. Like the innkeeper, God is asking us if there is room for Him in our hearts. As Fr. Ken asks, will we make room for…
A Light in the Darkness
Many will agree that at Christmas time, humanity is at its best. People make an effort to see family, help the poor, go to church, and give each other gifts; all this while the days are getting shorter, colder, and darker. Yet in the midst of darkness, Christmas is a shining light. Fr. Mark invites us to remember that this light is the light of our newborn King, the light of Christ.
Follow Your GPS
The Lord has given each of us a spiritual GPS. God has given us clear directions to our destination – which is Heaven; just like a real GPS, God never grows impatient with us, even if we take a wrong turn. Fr. Ken explains that we need to be in-tune with God’s plan for our life and that we must always follow our GPS (God’s Positioning System).
Finding Deep Peace
When you find true joy in the Lord, it outlasts the ups and downs of life. Our life is meant to have an abiding, deep, and lasting peace. Fr. Mark explains that if we want peace, we need to fight for it – figuratively; we are in a spiritual battle and the Devil is attacking us personally and collectively.
Peace Be With You
After Jesus’ resurrection, the first words he speaks to his apostles are “Peace be with you”. In the Mass, we remember this moment and offer each other a sign of peace. Fr. Ken explains that this sign of peace is more than just a friendly greeting; it is Christ’s peace that we are giving to our neighbour. Christ’s peace is overwhelming – it can heal us, bring us new life, and help us overcome anxiety.