Homilies by Fr. Ken Lao, CC
Little is known about Jesus’ childhood, as the Gospels skip from Jesus’ birth to his public ministry. We can imagine that he had an upbringing that was similar to ours, and that is because Jesus is fully man and fully God. Fr. Ken explains that the humanity of Jesus should be a source of hope for us. Jesus truly understands the human experience; he was tempted like us, felt sadness like us, and suffered like us. He had to become…
Fr. Ken shares how Mary was a bridge in his life; a bridge that delivered him from his struggles with mental health. We know that God is our Father, but sometimes we forget that Mary is our mother. As we begin this new year, let us not forget that Mary holds our hand while we cross the bridge from 2022 to 2023.
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…
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).
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?