Tom O'Toole
The Holy Family vs. the Holy Innocents: A Christmas season reflection
By Tom O'Toole
December 29, 2008

In the Catholic Church, each day's liturgy brings a different celebration or commemoration, either from the life of Christ or that of a saint or martyr who closely (and heroically) modeled their life after His. Now December 28th is usually reserved to recall the Holy Innocents, those infant boys murdered by Herod in his attempt to eliminate his new rival, the Christ Child. But since the 28th falls on a Sunday this year, this sad memorial is "trumped" (much like Christ's resurrection triumphs over His crucifixion) at Mass by this Sunday's Feast of The Holy Family, which remembers the blessed years Jesus, Mary and Joseph spent together as the Son of God grew up. Still, upon reflection, I saw that because of Obama's election, this year God had a plan for the two feasts' juxtapositions — and a message emanating from the two feasts falling on the same date in 2008.

While I dealt in detail about the significance of the Feast of the Holy Innocents (who are depicted in Matt 2:16-18) in a previous post, their massacre could be looked upon as a small scale, 1st Century version of the mass-murder of the unborn (and, in some cases, already born) to be ordered by President-elect Obama in the 21st. On the other hand, The Feast of the Holy Family, which recalls a father, mother and Son who always lived with the proper measure of love, honor, obedience and respect toward one another, seems positively peaceful in comparison. But, lest you think Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived a type of Leave It To Beaver existence, the day's gospel passage (Luke 2:22-40) also includes Simeon's (who, along with the passage's 84-year-old prophetess Anna, just happen to be the sort of outspoken elders the Obama administration would love to euthanize) prophecy. In it this "righteous and devout" man predicts not only Christ's victory, but the immense suffering He and His mother would endure along the way. Still, as a Christian who doesn't believe in coincidences, a Catholic who believes everything happens for a reason (see Roman's 8:28), I think that God brought these two holy days together on the same date at the appointed time to prove a point. Namely, one is the antidote for the other.

Although Jesus lived in holy peace with His parents for a relatively long time, He also knew how to read the signs of the times, and did not hesitate to leave home when the time for His public ministry had arrived. Similarly, those of us who attempt to live our lives as modern-day holy families must also realize that the day Barack Obama (our "Great Friend" who is really nothing but a "myth" who "smiles and smiles, exuding sincerity as he speaks lies and death") got elected, was the day our family's peaceful co-existence ended. In other words, since the state has become so hell-bent on destroying the unborn, today's holy families are now the sole protectors of the modern holy innocents, and must rush to their aid even at the cost of position or reputation. For if you now forsake our place at the front lines of the abortion battle, we will soon find the enemy has broken our ranks, and is pursuing your children as well.

While he was plotting Christ's death, Caiaphas, the era's high priest, justified Jesus' execution by saying, "It is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish" (John 12:49). Meanwhile, Obama, our current high priest does his predecessor one better, basically proclaiming, It is better for you (but really me) that many of the people should die so that The One can live as he desires. Today's scripture warns us to get off the fence now, lest we be thrown off, and find ourselves grappling with the goats instead of amidst the safety of the sheep, the gate either too narrow to enter or closed altogether when He comes again in glory.

© Tom O'Toole


The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

Tom O'Toole

Thomas Augustine O'Toole was born in Chicago and grew up in a devout Catholic family with five brothers and two sisters. He was the sports editor of Notre Dame's Scholastic magazine, where his story "Reflections on the Game" won the award for Best Sports Feature for the Indiana Collegiate Press Association... (more)


Receive future articles by Tom O'Toole: Click here

More by this author

October 14, 2016
The fight for pro-life: Two election-time poems

April 20, 2015
A simple schism: Hesburgh's death "A New Beginning" for Notre Dame?

March 18, 2015
"I can't breathe" revisited: my hoop hope for the Lady (and Mike Brey) Irish

March 4, 2015
Rudy, the Gipper, and the Hesburgh Heresy: reflections on the (immortal) soul

February 28, 2015
Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh (1917-2015) dies, pray for his soul

February 27, 2015
Charles E. Rice 1931-2015: a real Notre Dame man

February 22, 2015
Voris, Vox Cantoris, and the Vatican: a prayer for the elephant in the room

April 17, 2014
Campus Crossroads Project to transform Notre Dame into neo-Nazi nuthouse

March 24, 2014
The saints on sodomy: why the Church Fathers were harsh on homosexual sex

March 22, 2014
Fr. Miscamble, friendship, and the future of Notre Dame

More articles


Stephen Stone
HAPPY EASTER: A message to all who love our country and want to help save it!

Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
Flashback: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Bonnie Chernin
Pro-abortion Republicans

Cliff Kincaid
Make Sodom and Gomorrah Great Again

Pete Riehm
The FISA debate misses the point again

Curtis Dahlgren
The year the lions lay down with the LAMB

Linda Goudsmit
CHAPTER 14: Changing Hearts and Minds

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Scriptural sobriety: Challenging assumptions about Jesus’ wine miracle

Jerry Newcombe
The Key to our national motto

Cliff Kincaid
Heaven help us: Trump bails on protecting the right to life

Pete Riehm
It’s not Israel; it’s us!

Bruce Deitrick Price
Rita Kramer's book 'Ed School Follies' exposes how teachers are trained to dumb down America

Paul Cameron
U.S. LGBTs and their harms growing

Linda Goudsmit
CHAPTER 13: Fomenting Race Wars Begins in Kindergarten
  More columns


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons


Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites