King Herod slaughtered innocents to keep his political power. Little has changed since then. (12-28-20)
On December 28, Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents in remembrance of the children slaughtered by King Herod in his quest to kill the newborn Jesus. A king who feared losing his power, Herod had already killed anyone he saw as a threat, including three of his own sons. When he learned about the Christ Child, he set a plan in motion to ensure Jesus didn’t live to take his throne, either. When the Magi, having been warned in a dream not to tell Herod where Jesus was, failed to return to Herod as he had instructed them to, Herod had every little boy age two and under in Bethlehem killed. He deduced that if Jesus was indeed in Bethlehem, his death would be guaranteed through this brutal act.