I hope many had a good laugh out of yesterday’s post. But now we need to consider a more serious note on yesterday’s commemoration.
The Feast of the Holy Innocents or the Innocent Saints marks the slaughter of a whole generation by Herod (Matthew 2:13-23). This was a desperate measure brought up by the lust for power of a decadent tyrant, who did not hesitate to sacrifice innocent lives and bring grief to the whole nation if that enabled him to continue his lavish –and oppressing– lifestyle.
And, sadly, this sounds eerily familiar. Our society is also more than willing to sacrifice lives —innocent lives– on the altar of comfort. The postmodern ethos, bound to fail as its ultimate result is the desperation of the absurd, stresses the individual convenience as the litmust test for ethics. And this is especially evident in the blemish of abortion on demand.
We are killing every day countless innocent human lives. We might find good explanations and excuses for it, but it is still the taking of innocent, human, personal lives… images of God. We are worse than Herod, and we hardly realize that. And what shall we do when judgment strikes our land? To whom shall we cry for help?
Our civilization, our society, ourselves, are in dire need of repentance. May the Lord grant us just that, and spare us.
Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.