This is the saddest feast day that The Church asks us to recognize.
Today we commemorate the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
In case you do not remember exactly what that is, read the passage below, from Matthew Chapter 2, and I am sure it will all come back to you.
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.
The Church correctly describes these young boys as martyrs.
Only God and the souls of the mothers who suffered, know for sure how many of these infants were killed.
To the chagrin of many Liberals and Progressives, the Pro Life movement has embraced this feast day in honor of the millions of unborn “innocents” who have been killed in America since Roe vs. Wade, the famous Supreme Court case that refused to determine “when life begins.”
In spite of the efforts of Planned Parenthood, with its attempts to smooth over abortion, as if it were no different from any other type of contraceptive tool, there are hints of Truth in this passage, that they have no power to suppress.
The Spiritual Truth that pro-choice/pro abortionists do not want parents to know, is that “Rachel weeping for her children” is a symbol and inevitable result of any mother (or even consenting father) who succumbs to the rage of a self-centered life.
Herod wanted power only for himself and did not want to give up his throne to a child Who was too weak to defend himself.
In his rage, he destroyed an entire region full of young boys.
In a haunting way, a woman who “chooses” to allow her child to be killed, is first assuming the spirit of Herod, who cannot give up his comfortable life and power, no matter who he hurts; then, without warning, or the ability to overlook the act, her spirit becomes “one” with Rachel of Ramah, as her weeping for who has been destroyed can “never be consoled.”
Surely there are women who may claim to be unaffected by their decision.
That does not mean we have to believe them.
The Scriptures don’t lie; people do.
Now, before you accuse me of sitting myself down as judge and jury of all who have had an abortion, I gladly point to one more passage of Scripture that The Church wisely chose today for part of her Liturgy.
It is from 1 John Chapter 1:
This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ
and proclaim to you:
God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
If we say, “We have fellowship with him,”
while we continue to walk in darkness,
we lie and do not act in truth.
But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
then we have fellowship with one another,
and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
If we say, “We are without sin,”
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.
If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us.My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.
Jesus was a carpenter, preacher and saviour, while here on earth.
When He arrived first in heaven, He was King.
When the sinners started to arrive at the gates of heaven, He had to put on one more hat, that of Advocate/Attorney, who all of us, without exception, need to help us through the judgment day of our own sins.
Jesus’ death on the cross and the blood He shed is the only evidence we need to be forgiven.
No matter who we are, or what we have done, by hiring Jesus to be our Attorney, (freely, through putting faith in Him) we have employed an Advocate Who needs no notes on our past, or alibis of any kind, to excuse us.
All He has to do is show up at our court case, i.e. our judgment day, and point to the scars in His hands and feet and side.
“Double Jeopardy;” being tried for the same crime twice, is not permitted in heaven either.
Our Lord chose to die for the most evil of all sinners and pay for our sins in advance.
He already went to trial for us.
His goodness overcame death and those who follow Him reap the benefits.
Even Herod had the right to repent and return to God for forgiveness.
There is hope for all, especially the broken-hearted.
Thank you Lord for all Martyrs who died for You.
May their death always remind us of your Mercy and eternal rewards for those who have, through faith, repented and joined your Mystical Body.