We remember today The Massacre of the Innocents (Feast of the Holy Innocents), those baby boys from Bethlehem and its surrounds, slaughtered in an act of anger and as a consequence of evil and fear in the heart of Herod.
We all weep for our children at times. We fear for them often. We warn them. We tell them of the dangers. We try to protect them, to keep them safe and secure, because we know all too well of the dangers in the world and of the evil that surround us. We attempt to keep our children innocent and unblemished for as long as possible and find it almost impossible to let go of the reins. We are always a mother or a father. We never stop being a mother or a father.
Our Blessed Mother too, is always a Mother. She always calls us Children – whatever our age. And like any mother, she is concerned for our well-being. Her messages are full of motherly pleadings and warnings, encouragement and plain-speaking, compassion and understanding, mercy and love.
This is one of Our Lady’s most direct and pleading messages given from Medjugorje…
Dear children! I have told you already that I have chosen you in a special way, just the way you are. I, the Mother, love you all. And in any moment that is difficult for you, do not be afraid! Because I love you even then when you are far from me and my Son. Please, do not let my heart weep with tears of blood because of the souls who are lost in sin. Therefore, dear children, pray, pray, pray! Thank you for having responded to my call. May 24, 1984
Herod wanted news of Jesus, and not for any other reason but to destroy him. When the wise men ‘changed their way’ – converted after paying homage to the new-born King – Herod’s evil fear surfaced and in his attempt to hold on to his power and position (unlike the three kings), Bethlehem and all around was soaked in the martyred blood of innocent male children, two years old or under.