It was on this day (29th December 1170) that Thomas Becket was assassinated by 4 knights serving King Henry II. His gruesome death was not the end of his legacy though, and Thomas ended up being canonised as a saint, and the King had to make public penance in the same Cathedral.
History is fascinating as it always reminds us of the mistakes made in the past and how we can hopefully resolve to make better decisions in the future. It seems as if Thomas Becket was always willing to serve his Lord, even if it meant death. His unwavering commitment is admirable and challenging for all of us.
Here are some of his words of wisdom:
Remember the sufferings of Christ, the storms that were weathered... the crown that came from those sufferings which gave new radiance to the faith... All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown.
I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace.
May God bless you at this strange time in the history of the world.
2 Corinthians 5:19 - "that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation."
Living in Grace