Dec. 26, 2015 (Feast of St. Stephen)

One day after Christmas, we are reminded why Jesus was born as we celebrate the martyrdom of St. Stephen. There is not a long way from the wood of the manager to the wood of the cross. Matthew, in particular, infuses his Nativity Narrative with forebodings of Jesus rejection and suffering: the slaughter of the Innocents and flight into Egypt. For this reason, I’ve always thought that this was a very sobering Feast that puts our Christmas joy into proper perspective.

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