Today is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Innocents massacred by King Herod the Great (Matthew 2:16-18). These have long been celebrated as Christian martyrs, having died on account of Christ the Lord (Matthew 2:1-18). This infanticide was committed by Herod so as to avoid the loss of his throne to Jesus, the new born King (Matthew 2:12-17). But how mistaken he was, for Jesus’ Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom (John 18:36-37). This indicates that there exists another world, a reality for which we must aim, being everlasting and eternally enduring.
However, often times we live our lives as if all that matters is our “enjoyment” of this transient world, without any reference to eternity. Herod did massacre a few hundred or so infants so as to avoid loss for which we are horrified, and rightly so. However, we too have directly or indirectly been killing millions of infants simply because we also want to avoid a loss: our freedom to chose, our physique, our looks, our status, our reputation, our work, etc. We have collectively created a legacy far worse than Herod ever contrived.
We have also at other times wittingly or unwittingly, supported genocidal wars and actions, thereby wasting innumerable innocent lives. But there is news for us; none of us is free to choose sin, or to do bad without reaping the consequences (Galatians 6:8).
The blood of these Holy Innocents of our time and those killed by Herod cries daily before God for vengeance (Revelation 6:9-11).
Reflection Passages For Today: 1 John 1:5-2:2; Psalm 123(124):2-5,7-8; Matthew 2:13-18
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