Holy Innocents, Holy Family

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A rough draft on the memorial of the holy innocents, complete with misspellings, bad grammar, and horrid penmanship. The story of the massacre by King Herod is well known, and it does not take any great thought to see how that massacre ultimately would lead to that lunatics downfall. Herod is the one that John the Baptist preached against, and I would think that this massacre would be one of the horrific actions fresh in the minds of John’s audience as he preached of Herod’s sinful and arrogant nature. It is an example of how evil leads to evils downfall. The scribbling’s on this draft mention Christ’s teachings on children, and they also relate this event of history to modern day abuses: Poverty, lack of education, violence, trafficking, unfair labor laws, health care issues, mal nutrition, and the list can be easily continued. In remembering these Holy Innocents, it would not be a bad idea to remember some of the organizations that exist both at a community level and worldwide, that serve children’s interests.

 

 Holy Family is the feast that follows Holy Innocents, and it is worth looking at a comparison between Herod’s Kingdom and the Holy Family. It is worth while to view that kingdom as a family, though perhaps an extended one. That king was given rule over all in the kingdom, and also in that day the father had that same authority, even over life and death. In ancient days the family was indeed based on the model of kingdoms, and this was especially true in Roman society. In Herod’s kingdom, that king held absolute authority. His rule was his own choosing, and life held on his whims. For the Holy Family, theirs was guided by the angels of God. That is what held that family together. In Herod’s kingdom it was the king that mattered, and the members of that kingdom had little worth. The Holy innocents were members of that kingdom, and they were slaughtered. In the Holy Family, each member had value, and each member had a role in that family. Each life mattered. In Herod’s kingdom that king had ample wealth in the form of gold, though even with that earthly wealth the family(s) of that kingdom suffered. The Holy Family certainly had many hardships to endure, yet each challenge they faced seemed to strengthen them. Herod was all about holding on to power and wealth, while the Holy Family surrendered themselves to God. In comparing these two groups it is easy to see why the Holy Family is such a perfect model for family and community; especially when compared to that dysfunctional family that was Herod’s kingdom.

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