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The Holy Innocents

The Holy Innocents

Feast Day
Dec 28, 2012
<p>Our dear Jesus was persecuted by the world as soon as he made his appearance in it.&nbsp; War was declared on Him, by Herod in his attempt to have him killed, as a little newborn baby.&nbsp; During the Octave of Christmas, the Church celebrates the memory of all the small children of the neighborhood of Bethlehem, put to death by Herod.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sacrificed by a wicked monarch, these innocent lives bear witness to Christ, who was persecuted from the time of His birth, by a world that could not receive Him.&nbsp; In the midst of this mass murder of children, it was Christ himself who was the very target.&nbsp; It was at that point, that the world started to turn against Him, from the very moment of His entrance into this world as man, in the form of a little baby.&nbsp; The choice to be for Him or against Him was put clearly before men at that point.&nbsp;</p> <p>What the persecutors didn&rsquo;t know was that they were powerless.&nbsp; It was Christ who came to perform a work of salvation that nothing or no one could prevent.&nbsp; It was by His own blood that he would redeem the world, by falling into the hands of His enemies.&nbsp; It is today, on the Feast of the Holy Innocents that the Church remembers those young children that were murdered by Herod&rsquo;s order, hoping he would kill the child Jesus.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>