Herod realized that he had been deceived and ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem, two years old and younger. Hearing this today, we may be tempted to imitate the Pharisee in Luke, standing in the Temple, praying: “God, I thank you that I am not like other people…” Certainly today, 2000 years later, we are not like Herod; we’re not wiping out scores of little kids. But are we really any better?

Recall the photos of the body of the refugee boy washed up on a Turkish beach. His name was Aylan. Remember the massacre at Sandy Hook. And Sutherland Springs. The ongoing genocide of the Rohingya. And the untold thousands who have died in the name of God, or country, or ideology, or indifference. We all share in the responsibility for these acts. And we all must “be the change we want to see”(Ghandi). All of us.

What action can you take to bring about a positive change in the world?

—Michael Sarafolean is an Ignatian Associate in St. Paul, MN, and a member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, the Jesuit parish of the Twin Cities.



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