December 28, 2015
The good news for the day
When Herod realized the deceit of the Zoroastrians, he became frantic. He commanded killing all boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and younger—in accordance with the age he had learned from the visitors. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Prophet Jeremiah: A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more. (Matthew 2, 16-18)
This incident puzzles us. In Herod’s history, no one has found evidence of such a killing as this, despite his murderous character—even towards his own family. Had it occurred, scholars feel certain, it would have found its way into the detailed, hostile history we have about him.
So this incident seems “fictional,” created and kept by Christians— one that—somehow—added to and adds to—the Good News.
Following Jesus, you become naïve, a child of God fingered by your surroundings as dangerous. Your kindness, willingness to forgive, inner peace and independent heart threaten hating, fearful, and violent people.
Consider the difference between you and Herod. Herod ruled by fear and superiority, by destroying opposition, and by controlling inferiors. Jesus and you keep saying, “Do not be afraid. Love your neighbor. Forgive as you are forgiven. Turn the other cheek. Help and heal one another. Free people imprisoned by their demons of illness, addiction and prejudice.”
The contrast cannot be sharper. You live Good News—freeing and helping others, caring about everyone with a kindly heart. The “world” will hate you for that, for those attitudes—which to others seem not natural; you do not fit in. Living Good News means society and culture do not control you. They want to end your Life.