The Life of Mary (15): Horror

In the face of evil, there is sometimes nothing to say. I know God hears me in the silence.

Massacre of the Innocents by Jill K H Geoffrion
Soldiers following Herod’s orders and killing baby boys, mothers grieving

My Prayer:

God, there is so much unnecessary violence in this world. Help me to do what I can to stop it.

Massacre of the Innocents by Jill K H Geoffrion
Soldier contemplating the head of the boy he just killed

Scriptural Touchstones: 

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. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:16-18 (NRSV)

Massacre of the Innocents by Jill K H Geoffrion
Mother trying to save her son

Invitation To Pray:

What violence and hatred that is manifesting itself in our world disturbs you to your core? What prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.

Massacre of the Innocents by Jill K H Geoffrion
Mother grieving the decapitation of her son


Massacre of the Innocents by Jill K H Geoffrion
Herod orders the killing of all boys two years of older and younger

The massacre of the innocent children in the Life of the Virgin Window (1217-1220) in the south choir ambulatory at the Chartres Cathedral in France. This scene is in the center of the eighth row from the bottom/second row from the top. Herod giving the orders is the panel on the far right. Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt with Jesus is on the far left.

Life of Mary Window by Jill K H Geoffrion

Other Posts in This Series:
Life of Mary (1): Mary’s Birth
Life of Mary (2) Mary’s First Bath
Life of Mary (3): Willing
Life of Mary (4): The Word
Life of Mary (5): Surprise!
Life of Mary (6): Wedding
Life of Mary (7): Yes
Life of Mary (8): Friendship
The Nativity: Animal Companions
Life of Mary (9): Announcement to the Shepherds
Life of Mary (10): The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Life of Mary (11): Fear
Life of Mary (12): Caught in the Middle
Life of Mary (13): Looking Carefully
Life of Mary (14): What Makes Life Bearable

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.

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