Monday, December 27, 2010

Homily for the Feast of the Holy Innocents

“Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.” A few days ago we celebrated the day in which the divine light formally entered the world with the birth of Christ.

Today’s Gospel we heard once again the account of the angel appearing to Joseph in a dream and asking him to take his family to Egypt because Herod issued an order to have all boys two and under killed. Because of Herod’s fear, greed, and pride he ordered this great massacre. However, as we have heard in the Gospel despite this great massacre he failed to achieve his goal. Although many innocent children were killed Herod was unable to stifle the light. In today’s world many innocent children die of abortion each and every single day. Many innocent children suffer in poverty from war and insurrection. Yet despite all this evil in the world the light of Christ cannot be dimmed. The light of Christ is much stronger than any evil present in the world today. This is our hope; this is the message that must be proclaimed by all of us every day of our lives.