The lust for power is bought in many ways. Every king on a throne does his best to neutralize or destroy potential threats to his ruling power. Power is not always a kindness. This was recorded early on in Jesus’ history on earth.
The Three Kings, who made the long journey to see the newborn baby said to be the King of the Jews, related the reason for their journey when they stayed with Herod, the Roman-appointed King of the Jews. Now, Herod enjoyed his appointment and would do anything to continue in that capacity. When the Three Kings told him they were seeking the newborn King of the Jews, he immediately went into planning mode to protect his title in the land. He asked the Three Kings to be sure and stop by on the way back to tell him where they found the baby so he, also, could pay homage. God, however, was in charge of this and sent an angel to tell the kings to return home another way and not confide in Herod as to the whereabouts of the Baby Jesus.
(The Massacre of the Innocents is at Matthew 2:16–18.)
These martyred babies in Bethlehem are known today as the Holy Innocents and their feast day in the Catholic Church falls on December 28th. In many ways, they can be considered some of the first martyrs as their lives were given up to try and find and kill the Baby Jesus.
Although the slaughter of the babies in Bethlehem should be an atrocity of the past never to be repeated in modern history, this has not been the case. Abortion murders every day and some of these babies are late-term and should have survived outside the womb. Their tender bodies are sold and experimented on by, in reality, heartless people.
The current attacks of radical Muslims are renewing this with their treatment of young children who are not of their Muslim religion. Young children are being tortured and beheaded. Little girls are being treated in horrendous ways. One could even go as far as to say that the politically correct agenda and the schools that are initiating classes in Sharia Law, etc., are a way of attacking the hearts and souls.
When we read the passages about the Holy Innocents, we shouldn’t take them as something that happened long ago. Instead it should move us to prayer for the ongoing persecution of the innocent that still happens today. The Feast of the Holy Innocents now has a lot more impact.