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December 28th: Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs

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Gospel text (Mt 2:13-18): 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. When the magi 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.

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 pursues God, man ends up pursuing man. Whoever plays against God will not defeat God, although he will surely make others suffer. In any case, God rewards those who suffer for His cause.