Dec. 30, 2021
Thomas Becket was such a challenge to me that I decided I needed some sound direction. Our bishop, Chad Jones, is a scholar, is brilliant, and is very humble and accessible so I asked him how to view Becket in context. This is his kind response:
“Saint Thomas Becket is canonised as a saint and martyr for the Catholic Faith because he was killed in odium fidei, for the hatred of the Christian Faith. Saint Thomas was held in such contempt by King Henry II that he was assassinated at the King’s command. The Martyr of Canterbury withstood the power of the monarchy and refused to capitulate to demands of the King, edicts which violated the integral rights of the Church. In essence, Saint Thomas died in defence of the integrity and rights of the Church against the attempted usurpation of the same by the secular state. The ‘holy blissful martyr’ as Chaucer described him was willing to lay down his life to protect his flock from secular power interference. He spoke truth to power and died for it willingly.” (in odium fidei = hatred of the faith)
So now I – and we – have a better understanding of Thomas’s martyrdom. Just wanted to share this with you.
1John 2: 1-17
13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
Verses 15 and 16 is our constant fight – to put God first before anything else. “Lead us not into temptation …”; everything around us is temptation, everything that pulls our attention away from seeking the kingdom is temptation – from cell phones to stadium tickets, from cars to swimming pools, from sneakers to tattooes and all the multitude of things that distract us and give us momentary happiness and then is gone. True joy is only found in God, in the life and words of Jesus, and with the Holy Spirit helping us to understand, to grow in the love of God, and to walk after Jesus the very best we can.