Today is the fourth day of Christmas and according to the liturgical calender the feast of the Holy Innocents.
Today is the day that commemorates the birth of the children that the tyrant of Jesus time, Herod, massacred in an attempt to kill baby Jesus before he would be come a threat to Herod's authority. As the story goes, Joseph was told in a dream to flee with baby Jesus and Mary to Egypt to escape the massacre but Herod had all of the children boys and girls under the age of two slaughtered.
For me, I will forever remember the fourth day of Christmas, the feast of the Holy Innocents as a day to remember the birth and life of the massacred children of Newtown, Connecticut.
I can't even bare to think about the mothers of those children, as the Gospel writer quotes Jeremiah 31:15, "A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more."
As I meditated on this story this morning, this is what hit me: throughout history the only very few men, Kings, had the power to go on a killing spree such as this. And, with the establishment of the United States of America our founders were determined not to give anyone such power. Yet, today anyone who clicks on a link with an active credit card or walks into the local sporting goods store can purchase the power to wield such an atrocity. What is wrong with this picture?
I know today is the feast of the Holy Innocents because despite being as Protestant as they come, I trust the Jesuits for daily spiritual direction at http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/. This is a great podcast that is only about 10min and is meant to be listened to on your morning commute. Good centering stuff.
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