Homilies by Fr. Ken Lao, CC
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.
On the Feast of Christ the King, Jesus encourages us to bring forth His Kingdom here on earth. On the day of our baptism, we were baptized as priest, prophet, and king; however, the kingship of Jesus is not be confused with the kingship of this world. Christ came to serve, not to be served. Fr. Ken reminds us of the good news found in Matthew’s gospel: the Kingdom of Heaven is near, go and share the good news of…
Many people are uncomfortable thinking about their own mortality. As Christians, we know the truth, that there is life after death. Fr. Ken reminds us that we are in this world, but not of this world. Do not get distracted by this life because we have an eternal destiny that God has promised us.
If we were given the choice between strength and weakness, many of us would choose strength; that is because society has conditioned us to believe that we must always be strong to be accepted. In this talk, Fr. Ken explains how he was able to overcome struggles with mental health by accepting his weakness and allowing God to be his strength.
We know that prayer is an essential component of our faith life, but why do we struggle to pray? Remember the acronym A.R.R.R.: Acknowledge, Relate, Receive, Respond.
What are we doing with the time talent and treasure that the Lord has given us? Are we using it just for ourselves or are we giving it to others?
We are all called to greatness. But, greatness comes with humility. Humility is the path to greatness.
Let’s run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Let us pray for the grace to do this every day. We need to do this every day so that we can say, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”
Detach from the world and attach to the Lord. When we do this, our spirit becomes very active.
Prayer is based on a relationship. Prayer is a pursuit. Prayer is not about changing God.