Matthew’s gospel tells the story of the three foreign Wise Men who were seeking a new king and bringing him gifts. But it also tells how King Herod out of jealousy and fear about a possible new king of the Jews ordered the murder of all baby boys in Bethlehem. Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and baby Jesus and escape into exile in Egypt. There are echos here of the time many centuries earlier when the people were in exile in Egypt and Pharaoh ordered the killing of baby boys and how baby Moses was saved.
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the Wise Men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem who were two years old or under. Matthew 2:
The second task of the family as the domestic church is to serve life from conception until natural death.” John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio.
Reflect and Share. There are many lessons to be learned here. We are outraged daily at news reports of the injustice in killing innocent children. However, should we not feel greater outrage at the killing of so many unborn babies through abortion all over the world? At the same time should we not also feel concern for the situations that lead to such a drastic choice? The task of families is to serve life in the widest sense. Would that not also include drinking and driving and destroying our health through substance abuse? How genuinely lifegiving are we being, starting at home?