Reflection on Matthew 2:13-18 ~
Throughout history there has been unjustified killing because someone does not meet a certain qualification to a person or worse a group. Evil continues to subtlety supports anger and infiltrates our human sphere. Due to my father’s exposure and one of my children’s education, the sadness of the Holocaust is never far from my thoughts. For help finding peace I have learned it is ok to have lamenting thoughts and pray deeply with Saint Joseph as he knew what was about to take place.
Matthew 2 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Escape to Egypt
13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”
The Massacre of the Infants
16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 2:13-18.