"...since they are no more." Matthew 2:18
Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the baby boys, two years old or younger, torn violently from their mothers' arms and massacred upon the orders of Herod. King Herod, history tells us, was an extremely cruel man who murdered 3 of his sons and mother-in-law. Even with all that, some historians claim that Herod's legacy was on the whole successful because of his colossal building projects.
Of what good are sea ports, and many fortresses, when a King cannot and will not protect his people, especially the lowly and the innocent with no voice? I think of our President who encourages the killing of drug addicts and criminals, and infamously said that the fish in Manila Bay will grow fat with 100 thousand bodies thrown in. I also think of the people who say rah rah rah and continue to support him and put the blame on journalists who only write about the bad things he says and does. Do they believe that any good Pres. Duterte does outweighs what he is doing to the morals of our police officers who carry out his orders with impunity? Do they believe that helping the poor erases all the extrajudicial killings, the stiff bodies piling up unidentified in the morgues?
Lord, have mercy on our country! We pray for the heart of our President. We pray that he will hear the cries of those who have lost their loved ones. We know there is nothing impossible with You, and we know that You can easily soften our President's heart (Prov. 21:1) We pray that you will use these dark times to call more and more people to turn to You, hear You and obey You.