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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

December 28th: Holy Innocents, martyrs

Gospel text (Mt 2,13-18): 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 (…). 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 (…).

The Holy Innocents, martyrs

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the shadow of the Cross is already extending over the manger in Bethlehem. It was foretold by the poverty of the stable in which the infant wailed, the prophecy of Simeon concerning the sign that would be opposed and the sword destined to pierce the heart of the Virgin, and Herod's persecution that will cause the death of the Holy Innocent Child-Martyrs and will also make necessary the flight to Egypt.

The Son of God —the eternal Word— has become small enough to fit into a manger. He became a child, so that the Word could be grasped. In this way God teaches us to love the little ones; to love the weak; respect for children. The child of Bethlehem directs our gaze towards all children who suffer and are abused in the world, the born and the unborn.

—In all cases, it is the child of Bethlehem who appeals to us. Let us pray these Christmas days, that the brightness of God’s love may enfold all these children.

The Culture of death. Abortion

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Pope Francis) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, children and the children unborn are threatened by the selfishness of those who suffer from the shadow of despair in their hearts, the fear-sowing hopelessness that leads to kill.

Also, today, our individualistic culture refuses to be fruitful, it takes refuge in a permissiveness that levels down all things, although the price of this unfruitfulness is innocent blood. We are influenced by a “life-degrading theism” of all that is human; that “void theism” that aims to substitute the great truth (the Word made flesh). The cultural proposal to withdraw into oneself within a selfish individualistic dimension is built at the expense of the human rights, of the rights of the children. Those are the traits of the modern Herod.

-Jesus, "unborn child", calls us to take courage. We do not want to get degraded in a "legalistic culture" that brings us to nothingness and that always ends up - because it kills little by little - being a culture of death. We want to assert Christ's already present in the womb of his Mother!