The Holy Innocents 28th December les Saints Innocents le 28 décembre

“Going into the house, the Magi saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage.”
Tuesday 24 November 2015

1 Jn.1,5-2,2 Ps.123 Mt.2,13-18

Holy Innocents 28th December

"Now, some Wise Men came to Jerusalem from the east, asking; ’Where is the infant king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem…this is what the prophet wrote :

’And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means the least among the leaders of Judah, for from you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel.’

We are still near to Christmas as we celebrate the feast of “The Holy Innocents.” There is a link between Herod’s violence and that of the High priests who don’t bothered to move : the link of the rejection of God, of the Creator and Saviour of the world. It will reappear at Jesus’ passion, when the high priest will say to him : “We don’t have any other king than Caesar” as Pilate who ought to exert justice, delivers Jesus up to be crucified! We find this justice in us when God doesn’t have the first place in our lives! Having made ourselves the centre of the world to the exclusion of God, we then live with something missing, in a state of injustice. The Liar, the Deceitful one, enemy of the human race, then has a hold on us and this will consist in us being destroyed . But fortunately for us, the Heart of Mary has joined the fullness of the Love of the Father; she gives her Son to us. If we are unhappy and inconsolable about the massacre of the innocent ones, we are happy about the Love of Jesus that conquers and saves us from evil. His Loves conquers and becomes in us a source of Life.

“Then Herod summoned the wise men to see him privately. He asked them the exact date on which the star had appeared and sent them on to Bethlehem with the words , ’Go and find out about the child, and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.’…’and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary…the angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said ’Get up, and take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and to do away with him.”

The high priests and the scribes of Israel, thanks to the Word of God, find out where the Messiah was to be born! However they don’t move! Two powers face each other : the legitimate power from God, Creator of Heaven and of earth , and that of the prince of this world! This great offence of the high priests and of the scribes of Israel is not to run towards this Good News, and this is going to provoke indifference, violence, an abominable offence towards God three times Holy. Herod gets into lies telling the Magi to warn him ’so that I too may go and pay homage to Him and bow down before him.’ Thus the Messiah, who reveals the Infinite Love of God which has been communicated to his People, will, despite himself, lead to the massacre of the Holy Innocents. Very often the ’perpetrators ’have gone through atrocities, this abominable reality is what they reproduce today!

"So Joseph got up, and taking the child and hi mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod was dead. This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet :

’I called my son out of Egypt.’

Herod was furious seeing that he had been fooled by the wise men, and in Bethlehem and its surrounding district he had all the male children killed who were two years old or less, reckoning by the date he had ben careful to ask the wise men.“This violence is still rising up in today’s world and it can rise up in myself too, for we all share the same humanity wounded by original sin. Jesus is the ’Prince of Peace’, His Heart is overflowing with the Love, being infinitely loved by the Father .Thanks to the angel who comes to warn him, Joseph will ’save’ Jesus from death ’Take the child and his mother’. This is how the Word is accomplished : ’From Egypt I called my son.” Jesus, delivered by the adversary will die one day on a cross. All the violence in the world will come down upon Him. At Christmas in France we sing a carol with the words : ’From the manger to the crucifixion… " ! Yet Jesus will love us all right to the end! We enter into the benevolent Love of God in this experience of being loved. In Jesus we have become ’innocent’ again! Jesus the Messiah is the Only Son of the Father. He teaches us that we are ’the only one’ in the Heart of God, as He is the only son in the Heart of the Father.

We ask Jesus for the grace to free our heart from all violence, from every injustice and from every evil.