Where were you, Herod?

The Fourth Day of Christmastide.

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.  Matthew 2.16

Holy Innocence

Where were you, Herod, 
That you did not see the star 
Light a new kingdom?

In this simple Haiku the poet Laurence Smith reflects on the part Herod played in the story of Jesus’ birth.

In surprisingly simple words the poet asks a very profound question. Herod was in the wrong place, he was not looking for hope, he was not looking for a new kingdom. Herod was in his own place fearful of change, fearful of loosing power, and this fear led him to do terrible deeds.

Where are you? Do you see the light of the new kingdom and follow?


About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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