Friday, December 28, 2018

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 70 The Presumption of Striking Another Monk at Will
Mass: 1 Jn 1:5-2:2; Resp Ps 124; Mt 2:13-18

The innocents were slaughtered as infants for Christ; spotless, they follow the Lamb and sing for ever: Glory to you, O Lord.

'When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious.' A question we might ask ourselves: How do I behave towards others when I am angry, jealous, afraid, or feeling threatened? If we walk in the light as he is in light, then we have fellowship with one another (1 Jn 1:7).

O God, whom the Holy Innocents confessed
and proclaimed on this day,
not by speaking but by dying,
grant, we pray,
that the faith in you which we confess with our lips
may also speak through our manner of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(Collect, Mass)

Let us welcome God's love in the Christ Child, and let us commit ourselves to making the world more humane and worthy for the children of today and tomorrow.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, December 28, 2018)

All the Holy Innocents, pray for us.

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