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 17th June 2018
Letter from Fr. Emmanuel to our community
My Dear Friends,
This Sunday’s gospel presents two parables about seeds and convey messages of the kingdom of God. In the first parable, Jesus tells the story of the sower who sowed his seed and it grows, produces grain by its own accord. Eventually, there was harvest as soon as the grain matured. The parable imply that Jesus is the sower and the seed is the irresistible word of the Father. The soil is our hearts that receives seed (word of God) which brings about faith. And faith grows continuously creating opportunity for harvest of eternity.
God has given everyone free access to the kingdom and has sown his word into our hearts, to lead us to the kingdom of God in a right way. The survival and growth of the seed depends on how we receive the word of God. This seed of faith should be nurtured for growth, which will eventually mature and be ready to be replanted in the hearts of others as we share the love of God with everyone.
In the second parable, Jesus tells us about the mustard seed. The smallest seed planted, grows and becomes the largest tree that shades birds with its big branches.
As the seed, though the smallest seed, grows and becomes a huge tree, likewise the word (seed) of God that grows incomprehensibly in us can change lives for good, bring spiritual growth and empower us to spread the good news without limitation. As the word transforms our lives, it makes us proclaimers of the word of God; so that it will transform the lives of others because we share and work with Jesus in the spread of the love of God. Remember, to live up to the demands of our Christian faith only depends when the word is alive and active in our hearts and lives.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. Emmanuel Onwu. Assistant Priest