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Liturgical day: December 28th: Holy Innocents, martyrs

Gospel text (Mt 2,13-18): Herod found out that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was furious. He gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its neighborhood. After the wise men had left, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph and said, «Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you for Herod will soon be looking for the child in order to kill him». Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. In this way, what the Lord had said through the prophet was fulfilled: «I called my son out of Egypt».

When Herod found out that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was furious. He gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its neighborhood who were two years old or under. This was done in line with what he had learned from the wise men about the time when the star appeared. In this way, what the prophet Jeremiah had said was fulfilled: «A cry is heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation: Rachel weeps for her children. She refuses to be comforted, for they are no more».

Today, three days after Christmas, we remember those children who, unknowingly, innocently, were martyrs even before St. Stephen. Herod was going after Jesus, but ended up killing all the children of the region except Jesus.

-When man persecutes God, man ends up persecuting man. Whoever plays against God will not defeat God, although he will surely make others suffer. In any case, God rewards the "sufferers" for His cause.