13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ 14Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’
16 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. 17Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:18’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.’
In the midst of the refugee crisis in Europe and the Levant, this passage from today’s Daily Office readings is hauntingly appropriate. Here the Holy Family is portrayed as refugees, fleeing an impending wave of violence. I ask you to take a moment to remember all asylum seekers and refugees in your prayers. If you are looking for more information or ways to get involved, please check out the website for Episcopal Migration Ministries.
The Rev. Jimmy Abbott