Friday, December 27, 2013
O Holy Innocents
Probably because I lost three babies through miscarriage and stillbirth. It is the Church's memorial of the Holy Innocents, all the babies under age 2 whom Herod ordered slaughtered in Bethlehem and the surrounding region. Herod was angry. He was jealous. He didn't want another king to be born. (Matthew 2:13-18)
God wrote our salvation history with beautiful irony. That a powerless baby would be our Redeemer, who conquered sin. That a virgin would bear a Son, who was both God and Man. That a Jewish Messiah would be Rex Gentium: Ruler of all Nations. That his death would grant us everlasting life. Let the modern world come and worship, making no mistake about the message that this Emmanuel was born into a husband-and-wife family.