Reflection for Wednesday, December 28, 2016: The Feast of the Holy Innocents.

dc.contributor.authorMaynard, Angelaen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorMaynard, Angelaen_US Ien_US of Christmasen_US
dc.description.abstractToday's first reading tells of Jesus' message that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.  I spent a lot of time reflecting on this passage as I read the gospel of the day.  Jesus' words prove valuable as I think of the terror Joseph must have felt when he received a message from an angel to flee to Egypt with Mary and her newborn son.  We go from the anticipation of the Advent season to the extreme joy of Christmas day to fear, chaos and extreme violence.  Matthew describes Herod's anger and his subsequent order to massacre all of the little boys two years and under in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. |Gratefully for all of us, Joseph had great faith, and Jesus was spared. |Today's gospel leads me to think of all of the young children affected by violence across the globe. I think of the unborn, the medically fragile, the mentally ill, and those who live in an environment of violence through no fault of their own—particularly the children of Aleppo.|The prophet Jeremiah's words are powerful:|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.|Let us fervently pray for peace around the world as we enter 2017.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 698en_US
dc.program.unitStudent Healthen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local11 John 1:5-2:2en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 124:2-3, 4-5, 7cd-8en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 2:13-18en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 2:13-18en_US
dc.subject.otherHoly Innocentsen_US
dc.titleReflection for Wednesday, December 28, 2016: The Feast of the Holy Innocents.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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