Tyrants. Dreamers. Angels. Magi. Walking and being with another. Destroy. Protect. What do you see? What do you hear? What will you choose? A great meditation offered by Michael K. Marsh.
Just a few days into Christmas and the liturgical calendar confronts us with the Feast of the Holy Innocents. “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” (Mt. 2:16).
The hymn, Salvete flores Martyrum, reminds us that the Church views the slaughtered children as the first martyrs for Jesus.
All hail! Ye infant martyr flowers,
Cut off in life’s first dawning hours:
As rosebuds snapt in tempest strife
When Herod sought your Saviour’s life.
You, tender flock of Christ, we sing,
First victims slain for Christ your King:
Beneath the Altar’s heavenly ray
With Martyr-palms and crowns ye play.
I wonder if Jesus was remembering these children “when he called a child, whom he put among [the disciples,] and said,”
Truly I tell…
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