Feast of the Holy Innocents

December 28, 2012

Greetings of peace this Advent season!  


Below you will find a short reflection for today, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it.


Feast of the Holy Innocents

By Rose Marie Berger

1 John 1:5-2:2 | Matthew 2:13-18

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 2:18)


Why, the rabbis have asked through history, are the tears of Rachel different from the tears of other mothers? Rachel's grief is complex and beautiful. Her barrenness, her inability to accept Jacob's love for her even without children, her jealousy of her sister Leah, Rachel's death in childbirth, her burial by the side of the road-all this creates the harmonies and countermelodies in Rachel's lament.


The Torah scholar Rashi quotes a midrash saying that Rachel was buried in ba-derekh ("no place" or the transitional space between one named place and another named place) because it was on the route that her children would take when they were forced into exile. The midrash honors Rachel as the mother of many, even though she gave birth only to Benjamin. It also teaches that there is no place where her children may be forced to go where she will not be with them...


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In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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