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.
Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
It is a day that we remember an enraged King going after the newborn King of the Jews.
Herod had heard about the “birth of a Messiah” and he was in fear because this person had long been anticipated by the Jewish people. Herod knew that this person could easily be considered competition to him in the future.
The best way to take care of the problem would be to destroy the king, no matter how many innocent people got in the way.
So it is with us in our lives.
We know right. We know wrong. Sometimes we treat the Lord as competition that we would rather remove from our lives, no matter how many innocent people get in the way.
FAITH ACTION: If your running from the Lord has hurt anyone in your life, make a move to seek forgiveness today.