Here we are within the Octave of Christmas and we find ourselves confronted with the brutality of King Herod. Having been told by three visiting stargazers that a king had been born in his territory, he could not allow there to be one such as this to be raised in opposition. So, he called for mass infanticide.
Fortunately the Holy Family had been warned not to stay – and were on their way to Egypt into exile. But for how many parents was there heartache to come? We may never know how many, but we do know that although they did not have tongues to say so, they were dying for Christ.
Holy Innocents, first martyrs of Christ, pray for us.