Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Feast of the Holy Innocents
In the Catholic liturgical calendar, today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents, all those young boys in and around Bethlehem, two and under, whom Herod massacred in order to kill our real King. Sitting at Mass this morning listening to the Gospel reading (Mt 2: 13-18), I thought it appropriate on this feast day to add a post to the Life Ride 2012 blog.
In 2009, Michele and I traveled on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. When in Bethlehem, we entered the Church of the Holy Innocents and saw a mural on the wall depicted those children lost to Herod’s fear and anger. I was deeply touched by the joy and happiness contained on the faces of these infants.
Of course they were happy because they were now with our Lord.
We do not know their names but it is thought that about 20 to 30 young boys were slaughtered. Contrast that today with 4000 innocents lost each and every day in our country. What is the fear and anger that fuels this modern day massacre?
Pray for the lost Innocents.