The Massacre of the Infants

16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
wiling and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”
Matthew 2:16-18    

 I wonder at the gospel writer
 was the death of children
 so common place
 he only needed three verses
  
 Children, a gift of God
 dead and no one cared
  
 When will we learn
 when will we cherish
 God’s gift
 not yesterday
 not today
 
 Tomorrow?
  
 Children, a gift of God
 mistreated and no one cared
 
 Children torn from their parents
 placed in schools
 beaten for who they are
 lost culture, lost name
 lost selves
  
 Children, a gift of God
 abused, dead, and no one cares
 
 Children torn from their parents
 placed in cages
 left to die of illness, neglect
 used by guards for their sick means
 crying, beaten, 
 refused
 comfort, 
 dead on floors
  
 Children, a gift of God
 lost, hungry, alone
 and no one cares
  
 When will we learn
 when will we cherish
 God’s gift
 not yesterday
 not today
  
 Tomorrow?
  
 I wonder at the gospel writer
 was the death of children
 so common place
 he only needed three verses
  
 Ruth Jewell, ©December 28, 2019 

Image: 10th– Century Illuminated Manuscript, Kerald_(Meister_des_Codex_Egberti)_001

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