Sem. Tristan Ralf Q. Pacheco
December 28, 2019, Saturday, Feast of the Holy Innocents
For a long time, I have been baffled why the Church is celebrating those little children who were gruesomely killed by the order of Herod as martyrs. I have been thinking that those saints who gained the noble crown of martyrdom have deliberately professed their faith in the face of threats for death and great suffering. But why or how did the Church arrive at the decision to consider these infants as martyrs?
Could it be that God, in His goodness has recognized that since He has made us “good” from the beginning, if only these infants were given a chance that they could decide for their own, they would have freely given up their lives for the newborn Savior. Isn’t it that Christ also died and rose for the salvation of these innocent children who died because of Him? We cannot really fathom the mercy and love of God who is always anticipating and not bound to time.
It is a consolation as well as an inspiration for me to never stop dreaming and desiring of loving God with a whole and pure heart despite my weaknesses and failings. God surely is happy with these mere desires and in His heart, He cherishes these dreams and desires as if they are already there. In His mercy, He would surely grant all those dreams.
I remember that a great saint (St. Therese of Lisieux) once said: “In His sweetness, God makes us desire what He wants to give us.” He surely granted the little ones the fruit of what He will make them desire if they had lived until they could already desire them. Nothing is ever lost with Jesus.
May God bring to fruition these desires that I have of Him.
When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.
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,
in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:
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.