St. Thomas did chose his Martyrdom in 1170. Perhaps he even deliberately provoked it. To me the most attractive reading of this day are the words of Simeon from Luke 2: 22-35.
I always think this would be a nice way to go:
‘Now, master, you can let your servant go in piece, just as you promised, because my eyes have seen the Salvation.’
But do I believe that my eyes have seen my salvation?
That is the question that I grapple with.