Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. We recount the Bible story of their deaths in the Gospel of Matthew (Ch 2:v 16-18):
“Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and sending killed all the men children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying: “A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning;
Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
It’s worth drawing attention to the words of Mary to Mother Mary of Agreda in her book “The Mystical City of God” regarding the slaughter of the innocents. Mary told Mother Mary of Agreda in the sections ‘Words of the Queen’
“Well founded is thy sorrow to see how such a noble creature as man, made according to the likeness and image of the Lord, endowed with such divine qualities, and gifted with the power of knowing, loving and seeing and enjoying God eternally, should allow himself to be degraded and defiled by such brutal and abominable passions as to shed the innocent blood of those who can do no harm to anyone (Herod’s actions).
This should induce thee to weep over the ruin of so many souls…when that same ambition which incited Herod has kindled such great hatred and enmity among the children of the Church, occasioning the ruin of countless souls…”
Herod was jealous and felt threatened by the Christ child, the Messiah the three Wise Men had foretold was to be born in his reign.
Jealousy can be deadly if we let it fester in our hearts causing us to hate others. It’s often triggered when we feel ‘threatened’ by a perceived rival. It’s a sin, born of excessive desire for prestige and of worldly ambition, and a result of lack of love in hearts.
Regarding abortion, in our societies we have come to the point where ‘new life’ is perceived as a ‘threat’ to comfort, ambition and worldly ‘success’.
Our modern day ‘innocents’ need protection from the slaughter that rages each day in legalised abortion clinics up and down our lands.
We need to pray and sacrifice for an end to the evil of abortion in our midst. Through the intercession of the Holy Innocents we pray that all blocks to the ‘new life’ God wishes to bring into the world will be removed and hearts will be cleansed by love.
The Holy Innocents, slaughtered by the wrath, greed and jealousy of Herod were the first flowerings of the Church that Jesus instituted, they died in Christ’s stead, martyred in the blood of the womb. So too may the Holy Innocents of our times be the seedbed of a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the world.
As Rachel wept for Ephraim’s sons at Rama, so too, the Church weeps for all aborted babies and the infanticides throughout the world. Let us pray for all the unborn on this special day that Our Lady of Guadalupe will convert and heal all those who’ve been involved in abortion in any way.