And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star,on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of old, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way. When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him."Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt I called my son."When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: "A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more." Matthew 2:9-10, 16-18
There have always been those who have attempted to thwart the plans of God, through evil means. In the Book of Exodus 1:22 we read that Pharaoh then commanded all his subjects, "Throw into the river every boy that is born to the Hebrews, but you may let all the girls live." Throughout history attempts have been made to destroy cultures, from killing children, to raping women, to mass extermination. This is a battle that Satan has waged against God throughout the ages, evidence by the vile and disgusting cruelty by which it occurs. The battle has taken a new course in our modern times: abortion. It is insidious in how it has been accepted in our culture. All the major religions of the world, Christianity, Judaism and Islam all respect life and reject abortion, yet many people ignore even their faith and see this practice as a right. The death of a human fetus is no different than what Herod did and the slaughter of the Innocents continues today.