A warm welcome to the website of the
Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham
in the Archdiocese of Westminster
For this Sunday 15th July 2018
My Dear Friends,
In every epoch, God chooses people whom He sends out on mission. These people are not called because they are worthy; rather, they are called and chosen, thanks to the extraordinary love of God. For instance, Jesus chose and sent out His disciple to go and preach the good news. They were to go and inform others what they have seen, heard, and learnt from Jesus. It is not enough to learn but the disciples had to inform people what they have learnt.
As Christians, this is our vocation. As we receive Jesus in our lives through Word, Eucharist, people, and experiences, we are required to share with others. We are called to minister in our places of work, home, school, and especially to our friends – we are missionaries.
It is noteworthy that there is a reason why God brought us to our friends, colleagues etc. God wants us to share His words with them. Be the voice of Jesus to them. It could be through social media like Instagram, Facebook, face to face encounter etc. Inform them about the Lord. We are reminded in today’s readings, of the commission to preach the gospel. We have heard and learnt enough of the word, it is time to share it with friends, co- workers etc.
Let us remember, being faithful to our missionary calling does not guarantee problem-free-life. Like Amos, we may encounter challenges in our mission (Amos 7:12) but we need to go on because God has given us His power and
authority. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, be- cause the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” Do not give up because of hindrances and discouraging people like Amaziah who want Amos the prophet to leave the land of his mission. Be strong in faith.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. Emmanuel Onwu. Assistant Priest