A reflection on the Feast of Holy Innocents by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
Today's feast has to do not only with the innocence of the children whom Herod killed, but also with innocence in general. Today innocence has been stolen from man-- little children know way too much, even at 3 and 4 years old, and it's sad. So we can pray for the innocence and purity of man's heart.
But what also struck me is that I think today's Gospel (Mt 2:13-18) would be a good one to read on Father's Day! It shows the place and dignity of the father in the family. The angel appeared to Joseph because God respected his position as head and protector of the family-- it didn't have to do with holiness. We don't hear about the angel informing Mary of what was going on. Instead, she takes Joseph's word and they get up and leave in the middle of the night. Doesn't this teach us something! In one sense, it's to trust the biddings of our Guardian Angel; and also, to trust one another to lead us where we should go.