Matthew 2:1-18 juxtaposes the joy of the adoration of the baby Jesus by the Magi with the horror of the slaughter of the innocents by a jealous King Herod. This same juxtaposition continues in our world today when we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us, and yet in many parts of the world unjust pain and suffering persist, especially in the lives of those who are refugees from war and oppression.
Fr. Michael relates these two opposing stories to two poems, his own titled “A Prayer for Christmas Peace” and that of Tom Hegg, “A Cup of Christmas Tea.”
Click the arrow below; listen, and join in the prayer to bring about the peace promised by Christ’s birth in the manger. You can read the text of Fr. Michael’s poem by scrolling below the video.