The face of the devil and the mercy of God

Detail from 'Massacre of the Innocents' by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

What are we to make of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut? Later in the month, both the Western and Eastern church will observe the slaughter of the Holy Innocents, that tragic moment in which King Herod answered the Gospel by trying to murder the Messiah. As Matthew reports, "Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under. . ." (Matt … [Read more...]


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