Reflection on Matthew 2:13-18 ~
People have been massacred throughout history because they do not meet a certain qualification. Behind this is evil that subtlety supports anger and continues to infiltrate the human sphere creating these unjustifiable acts. Due to my father’s exposure and one of my children’s education, the sadness of the Holocaust is never far from my thoughts. It is one of the reasons I have learned to weep and pray deeply with Joseph, so he may help me replace anger with peace.
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.