What makes Herod such a despot? He refuses to admit he is a sinner. The Church recognizes those little children are considered martyrs. At this time, the occurence in Newton, Conn., drives home the pain and suffering that comes from the death of his little innocent ones. Children do not belong to us, they belong to God. There are children who caught in the violence of war in areas of the world today. Some children are caught in a path of violence even in their own homes, neglected and abused by their own parents. Where are we neglectful of those entrusted to us? What prevents us from being fully present to those in need, who the Lord places in our paths?
Gospel Mt 2:13-18
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.