Today’s feast reinforces the truth that the call of the Gospel is hard and that we have to enter through the narrow door and walk our Christian lives along the rough path. What better example do we have to follow than that of Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More? Thomas More was Chancellor of England under King Henry VIII, and he along with his friend, Bishop John Fisher of Rochester, followed their consciences and could not consent to the marriage of the King to Anne Boleyn. As a result, both were executed and died a martyr’s death for the faith.
From time immemorial Christians across the board have been called upon to follow their consciences against the bad choices and sin of other people. The moral climate of an era touches everyone in society, as we can readily witness today; I forget who it was said that “Quality of morality precedes quality of society”.
Saint Peter wrote in his first letter: “Do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you; but rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. (1 Peter 4:12-16)
Saint Thomas More, Saint John Fisher and so many others lost their lives confronting wickedness and sin, but they found their lives again just as Our Lord promised they would. Taking up the Cross and following Jesus along the rough path never was meant to be easy, but it was certainly meant to be something that could be done with his help.
May Our Lord help us to stand up for the faith wherever and whenever necessary.
Saint John Fisher & Saint Thomas More, pray for us.