Posted by: livingscripture | December 28, 2018

Feast of the Holy Innocents

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 28, 2018

Christmas Friday

Holy Innocents

 WORD of the DAY 

 When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,  and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt.  He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet  might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

 “A voice was heard in Ramah,

sobbing and loud lamentation;

Rachel weeping for her children,

and she would not be consoled,

since they were no more.”

 (Matthew 2: 13-18)

 How shall I live this Word?

At Christmas, God becomes flesh of our flesh, takes on Himself and shares our whole life. He walks in us, teaches us His attitudes, helps us make right choices. We often hear people say, “Where is God? If there were a God, there would not be innocent suffering!” Perhaps we do not realize it, but Jesus answers this question of ours, not by explaining the reason for suffering, but by taking it upon Himself, sharing it. Let us think of His violent death, the immolated Lamb, the murdered Innocent! He teaches us to live suffering by saying to our heart: “You will be able to make sense of suffering only if you unite it to love, as I have done.” At the same time, however, He asks us to take responsibility for the evil we bear in our hearts, not to hide from it by blaming others. So … let’s look in our heart for the Herod who is hiding there, with all his games of power, jealousy, and abuse. Let’s begin to unmask it, naming the evil that we carry in our hearts … and a little at a time … we will find God!

 The Voice of Pope Francis, Letter to the Bishops Holy Innocents Day 2016

 A groan that even today we continue to hear, that touches our soul and that we cannot and do not want to ignore or silence…An innocence broken under the weight of clandestine slave work, under the weight of prostitution and exploitation. Innocence destroyed by wars and forced emigration with the loss of all that this entails. Thousands of our children have fallen into the hands of bandits, mafias, and death merchants who swallow and exploit their needs.

 


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