Monday, December 28, 2020

Feast of the Holy Innocents

Year of Saint Joseph

Other saints: Saint Theodore the Sanctified, Abbot (?314-368); SS Rumilus and Conindrius (c. 450); Bd Matthia of Matelica, Abbess (c. 1300); Saint Gaspar del Bufalo, Founder (1786-1837)

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

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.


The angel of the Lord appears to Joseph again in today's Gospel. In Chapter 1 of Saint Matthew's Gospel, the angel tells Joseph to take Mary into his home (Mt 1:20). And Joseph does. Today, in Chapter 2, the angel tells Joseph to take the child Jesus and his mother and flee to Egypt, and to stay there until further notice (Mt 2:19). And Joseph does. With the example of the Holy Family of God, may we too be prompt and ready to do the will of the Lord, at whatever the cost. God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all (1 Jn 5). 

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)

© Gertrude Feick 2020

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