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THE 4th DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS – FRIDAY Download This Homily

December 28, 2018

 THE 4th DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS – FRIDAY

 

1 John 1:5 -- 2:2

 Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8

Gospel MT 2:13-18


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 Holy Innocents

 

Today the Church venerates the memory of the infants who were killed by the order of the king Herod in Bethlehem and its surroundings.


If we have a closer look at of Chapter two of Mathew’s Gospel, we find the major theme of the chapter is “God protects the child Jesus” from his enemies. Mother Mary, Joseph, the star, the angel, the kings from the East, the Infants and their weeping mothers were helpers who assisted God in the noble venture of protecting the life of Jesus from the hands of Herod.


Today we are called to protect the infants all over the world suffering atrocities – some brutally killed in their mother’s womb. Children denied of elementary education and forced for bonded labor, children working in the market for cheap wages, working in the garage day night suffering all ill-treatment caused by their bosses. Become friendly with the unloved, abandoned and orphaned children all over the world and do something for their well-being.


Malla Yousufzai is the teenager shot in the head by Taliban gunmen because she dared to go to school which was banned by Taliban. She wrote in her Diary, “I was afraid of going to school because Taliban has introduced an Edict banning all girls from attending schools. On my way from school to home I heard a man saying, “I will kill you”. She dared the powerful Taliban and became symbol of courage in the world of terrorism and innocent killing.


Anne Frank’ Diary (1945) inspired millions all over the world because of her optimism and hope inspite of her brutal death in the Concentration Camps. She wrote in her diary, “In spite of the human suffering, torture and killing, every human being living on earth is basically good”.


Herod and his associates were eager to persecute because of their self interests of power and position and were ready to eliminate the new born Messiah. The reaction of the institutional religion and civil power (Herod, Chief Priests and Scribes) was in sharp contrast with that of the wise men (kings of the East). The latter met God in manger worshipped him and offered gifts and returned enriched. For this they emptied themselves and Infant Jesus filled their hearts with eternal peace and joy. The coming of Jesus poses an option before us: to choose life or death. To choose Jesus means to choose life. To choose to be a member of his kingdom is to say an emphatic ‘no’ to the powers and the riches of this world.


Fr. Shepherd Thelapilly CMI


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