Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Little Seeds of the Church

It appears that the birth of Jesus unleashed much violence in the world – we have a series of stories of martyrs following Christmas. Even today, as per available statistics, Christians form the most persecuted religious group in the world. Why does it happen? Such violence results due to the inability of the powers-that-be to stand the truth of the Gospel. The massacre of the Holy Innocents that we keep memory of today resulted because King Herod simply could not accept the birth of Jesus, whom he mistakenly took to be a challenger to this throne. The Gospel continues to be inconvenient for many in the world and they would do anything to silence its voice. However, as Tertullian wrote in his Apologeticus, “we spring up in greater numbers the more we are mown down by you: the blood of the Christians is the seed of a new life.” May the Holy Innocents sustain our faith!


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