The Word of God

The Ultimate Christmas Sacrifice

Reflection on Mass Reading for December 28, 2019

“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.” The haunting refrain from the near-funeral dirge sounding quote of Jeremiah from the Gospel Reading is quite sadly and horribly fulfilled with the memories of today’s Feast of the Holy Innocents. “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.” Herod, the blood-thirsty, criminally insane monarch was so consumed with his own power and self-importance that he truly lived in darkness, an evil-worn abyss that truly consumed him and fueled his destructive tendencies.

“If we say, ‘We have fellowship with him,’ while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth.” One of the greatest gifts of Christmas is the interior light that shines within us all year long if we allow truth and humility to reign in our hearts. This begins with the miraculous moment when we forgive the person whom we think is responsible for our unhappiness. Jesus teaches us clearly that the place to happy is here, the time to be happy, now. This is living in the light of truth that dispels the darkness first within us because of grudges and rancor, and even in those around us. “God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.”

“Jesus, live in me, shine in me, rescue me from darkness.” Amen.

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