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Feast of the Holy Innocents


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This day holds a special place in our liturgical calendar, as we remember the innocent children who lost their lives due to the brutal actions of King Herod. It is a day that invites us to ponder the presence of suffering and evil in our world and seek the hope that Christ brings.

The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 2:13-18) recounts the  story of King Herod's desperate attempt to eliminate the newborn King of the Jews. Fearing the threat to his own power, Herod ordered the massacre of all male infants in Bethlehem. The cries of grieving mothers and the anguish of innocent lives lost remind us of the harsh realities of a fallen world.

The tragedy of the Holy Innocents underscores the reality of evil in our world. Even in the celebration of Christ's birth, we are confronted with the darkness that seeks to extinguish the light. It forces us to acknowledge the brokenness that exists in our human condition.

The Holy Innocents represent the countless innocent victims throughout history who have suffered due to the actions of the powerful. Their lives were taken unjustly, and their families were left to mourn. This raises questions about the existence of suffering and the apparent silence of God in the face of such injustice.

 In the midst of this tragedy, we find hope in the person of Jesus Christ. He, too, entered into a world marked by suffering, and his life reminds us that God is not indifferent to our pain.

 Jesus, the Incarnate Word, entered our broken world, experiencing the fullness of human suffering. He understands the pain of loss, grief, and injustice. The Holy Innocents find a voice in Christ, who identifies with the innocent and the oppressed.

The Feast of the Holy Innocents is not only a day of mourning but also a day of hope. In Christ, we find the promise of redemption and the assurance that, ultimately, justice will prevail. The Resurrection transforms the tragedy of the Holy Innocents into a testimony of God's power to bring life out of death.

 As we reflect on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, we are called to respond to the suffering and injustice in our own time, to  open our hearts to the suffering of others and actively engage in acts of compassion. In doing so, we embody the love of Christ and become instruments of healing in a wounded world.

Like the Holy Innocents, there are many today who suffer at the hands of the powerful. As followers of Christ, we are called to advocate for justice, standing against oppression and working towards a world where the dignity of every human life is respected.

 The message of the Feast of the Holy Innocents is that in the face of tragedy and suffering, we are not abandoned. Christ, our Emmanuel, is with us. We are called to be agents of hope, actively working to bring the light of Christ into the darkest corners of our world.


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