Daily homily thoughts, 12/28

St Stephen goes down in the records as the first martyr, but in a sense the holy innocents whom we remember today preceded him.  Today we remember the 14,000 or so young boys that were executed by order of King Herod. He was afraid of what this Jesus was going to do. He saw him as a threat to his throne.  Fear begets violence.  Faith begets love.  We are here in Texas on this mission trip.  Our faith has brought us here. And here, we love….we love the holy innocents whose homes and lives were torn apart by the hurricane.  Faith begets love.