October 21, 2020
33. Week of Sunday after Christmas - Thursday
Flight to Egypt
          They are dead who sought the young Child's life.   Mathew 2:20
          When the Wise Men had departed from Bethlehem, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying: "Arise, and take the young Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him." So Joseph arose and took the young Child and His mother by night, and departed into Egypt. - When Herod saw that he was mocked, as he called it, by the Wise Men, he was very angry, and sent his soldiers out to kill all the children that were in Bethlehem and in all the areas round about, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired from the Wise Men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: "In Rama a voice was heard, lamentation and weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not." But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying: "Arise, and take the young Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead who sought the young Child's life." And he arose, and took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus reigned in Judea after the death of his father Herod, he was afraid to go to Bethlehem. And being warned by God in a dream he turned into the area of Galilee, and lived again in Nazareth. So two prophecies had been fulfilled: "Out of Egypt have I called my Son," and: "He shall be called Nazarene." (Matt.2:13-23)
          Carnal-minded Herod meant to kill the Christ-child, but God rescued Him. The carnal-minded world means to destroy the Church, Christendom: but God will keep it, and when it comes to the utmost, will take it to Himself in heaven, as He did with the infants at Bethlehem. To the world, however, that saying applies: "They are dead who sought the young Child's life." And what then? Fear not the impotent rage of Christ's enemies!
          PRAYER: - Christ Jesus, true God and man, bring to nothing the counsels of all who persecute Your holy name, that their wicked scheming may be put to shame with them. But let us, whom You have taken into Your gracious favour, enjoy the protection of the holy angels, that we, being protected in body and soul, may finally, with joy, enter eternal life, which You have merited for us by Your willing death upon the cross. Amen.

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October 21, 2020