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Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham
in the Archdiocese of Westminster
Letter from Fr. Emmanuel to our Parish Community:
For this Sunday 4th November 2018
Love is the major theme that runs through the readings this Sunday. Love points to the very essence of God. GOD IS LOVE. God infused his love into our hearts and we are expected to love Him and our neighbour in return.
WHY SHOULD WE LOVE? Our invitation to love stems from the fact that God first loved us even when we least deserved it. “We love because he first loved us.” To love is to respond to God’s love “since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another… but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.!
TO LOVE SHOWS WE ARE BORN OF GOD: “…let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
TO LOVE SHOWS WE KNOW GOD:” Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love”.
TO LOVE SHOWS THAT WE OBEY GOD: “… since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”.
TO LOVE SHOWS WE ARE INDWELT BY GOD: “…if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
TO LOVE SHOWS THAT WE ARE TRUTHFUL: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
TO LOVE SHOWS THAT WE SEE GOD IN OUR NEIGHBOUR: “… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Therefore, to love God and our neighbour is to do the will of God and the best way to demonstrate this love is living like Christ who gave his life for us.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. Emmanuel Onwu. Assistant Priest