Friday, December 28, 2007

When [the Magi] had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Arise, take the young child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the child to destroy Him."
When he arose, he took the young child and His mother by night and departed into Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt have I called My Son." When Herod realized that he had been made a fool of by the Magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years 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, for they were no more." ~~ Matt. 2:13-18


Today the Church honors the innocent children slaughtered at Herod's hand, the martyrs who died for Christ without knowing of Him in this life.

For a beautiful commentary, see today's reading at Universalis, from a sermon of St Quodvultdeus.


And, today, I am praying for all the holy innocents everywhere who have died too soon ... for all the lost babies and their mourning mothers ... for all who, having been open to life, have suffered in seeing a life lost.

May you feel God's peace and comfort on this solemn but beautiful feast day.

May you feel the assurance that we will see our lost children again.


Kristen Laurence said...

Karen, this is so beautiful, and I love the photograph you chose for such a moving post. So many sweet babies to remember today.

Patience said...

Thank you for this, it is beautiful and powerful.

Wendy in VA (now in MD) said...

What Kristen and Patience said. Thank you, Karen.

Alice Gunther said...

Praying with you, Karen. Beautiful and much needed post--thank you.

Sarah said...

Thank you for posting this, Karen. Sending you hugs, and praying along with you (though I'm a day late commenting, sorry).