The Holy Innocents | Monday 28 December 2020
Today is Monday the 28 December, the feast of the Holy Innocents.
As you hear Josh Garrels sing 'What Child is This?', reflect for a moment on what the coming of Christ as a baby means for you in your life…
Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’ When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
‘A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’
Today’s reading from Matthew is stark and unsettling. A warning in a dream. A family forced to become refugees in a foreign country. The brutal killing of innocent children. The sound of a voice wailing; weeping. In today’s world, where and how you are now, what does this story have to say to you?
How do you react to the voice of lamentation Matthew mentions: is there something you feel moved to lament? In your own life; in our world?
As you listen again to today’s reading, notice what word or phrase stands out to you.
The world that God chooses to enter as a vulnerable child is a dangerous one. Turn to that vulnerable God now and share whatever is on your mind or your heart at this moment. Is there a place where you or others need to be consoled? Let God know.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.