Jesse Epp-Fransen reflects on the massacre of innocents in light of the current political debate concerning gun violence.
The story of the Massacre of the Innocents in Matthew seems out of place in a story of good news and glad tidings. During the Christmas season, when we celebrate the coming of the Lord with angels and shepherds and kings, this tale of infanticide is shocking and upsetting.
Yet this past Christmas, the national coverage of the Newtown, Conn., shooting made this story terribly fitting.
Matt. 2:16-18, the only account of the massacre, reads: “When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.
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