1John 1:5-2:2; Psalm 124; Matthew 2:13-18
The Feast of the Holy Innocents, also called Childermas or Innocents’ Day, is celebrated in remembrance of the massacre of young children in Bethlehem by King Herod the Great in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:16–18). He wanted to kill the infant Jesus and so secure his own throne. Beloved, there is evil in the world. Today people still kill in order for them to retain power or secure an office. What then is our hope? St. John says in the first reading that we must live as children of light – doing what is right and good. We should admit our sins and ask God for pardon so that we can secure eternal life. Today we pray for all the innocent children killed either through abortion or other nefarous means. May their souls rest in God’s peace.
Let us pray
Holy children of God, you suffered death before you enjoyed the fullness of life, yet now you rest and reign with Christ in glory. Look down from heaven on our poor earth where children like you still suffer and die at the hands of those blinded by this world. Surround and protect the innocent and when our own poor efforts fail, comfort and console the parents whose loss we can hardly comprehend or imagine. We commend to your joyful company in heaven the souls of all dear children who have died. Help us to become like you, simple, pure and true! Teach us to accept love and blessings like you! Fill us with the joy and laughter of life to remind us that to such babes as you, the Kingdom of Heaven belongs. AMEN