Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Feast of the Holy Innocents

Today is a special day for me, since it’s my birthday, which poses a personally interesting juxtaposition with the scripture reading, in which Herod orders “the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under.” Just 3 days after Christ’s birth, it’s a sort of resurrection story in reverse, with so many death suffered by innocents. I think it’s an interesting reflection that in life, nothing is perfectly good, but rather than with any good comes some unintended consequences. We search for the perfect day, the perfect person to marry, and expect perfection from ourselves in so many ways, and berate ourselves when we fail. But we are only human and can’t be Jesus, as the two most important events in his life brought pain to himself and others, even if unintentionally. So let’s remember today, that the important thing is that we try to do the best we can, and understand that we are not masters of the world, but simply people struggling to make this Earth a better place than when we left it.

reflected by Dan Judnick

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