Holy Innocents Homily

Pastor Beecroft, 12/28/2008

Everyone loves sweet baby Jesus in the manger, says Ricky Bobby. If that reference is lost to you, then know that your piety far exceeds that of your pastor. Yet we all know, St. Simeon, portrayed in that stained-glass window holding baby Jesus in his arms. He prophesied, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed.” Jesus would be a source of division. No one really expected, however, that it would come while Jesus was still a baby.

In these first days after Christmas, three festivals serve to remind us that sweet baby Jesus is divisive. On December 26, we commemorated the Festival of St. Stephen, the First Martyr. In the earliest days of the Church, he preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ with great power. The religious authorities were threatened and they stoned him to death while a man name Saul stood near and gave his approval. St. Stephen gave his life for sweet little baby Jesus. ….

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