In this text we hear about the period just after Jesus’ birth (as recorded in Matthew’s gospel). It is a story of genocide and disruption, the likes of which most of us will never experience (thankfully)!
The nature of the violence reported here is not new and it is not old. In fact, it has been fairly constantly present throughout human history. Jesus is born into the midst of humanity’s inhumanity to call us to the fullness of humanity as we look to him.
For a better world, do life as he did life and treat others as he treated others… follow Jesus!