The wise travellers never returned back to King Herod because there can be but one King, and when they witnessed Jesus born of a young mother Mary in a humbling cave, they knew there was no other. Their journey completed, they worshiped Him. They found what they came for.
King Herod was so obsessed and troubled with the idea that another King would replace him, that he upon the hearing, ordered the killing of Jewish boys, two years and under, as the prophet foretold. Herod, determined the time from the wise men, who both deceived and made him exceedingly angry, as, Herod expected them to return with the news. How could Herod have known, that like Joseph, the three wise men were divinely warned in a dream not to return to Herod, so they departed for their own country, another way.
The mothers of the children of Bethlehem weep for the slaughter of their children as the Lord would be led away to safety--forewarned by an angel in a dream to Joseph, to take Mary and the child, as Herod, would seek to destroy Him. Jesus would be returned from his exile in Egypt after the death of King Herod.
Jeremiah the prophet foretold of Rachel, wife of Jacob, who was weeping in her tomb at the event of the killing of her children, the Holy Innocents, who are the saints and martyrs of the Church, in a foretelling long before the happening, of this predicted birth. Joseph, the betrothed of Mary, the ever-virgin mother, has witnessed a miraculous conception of the King of all, born to save His people from their sins.
Tomorrow night, we will again remember that the maidservant of the Lord, Mary agreed to the news received from the angel, that she would conceive the Holy One who is to be born from her womb and called the Son of God. And, on that night the message of the angels to the shepherds brought good tidings of the birth of a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying an a manager.
We will join a great throng and multitude of people world-wide who will sing along with the heavenly host, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
May you and all those you love understand this mystery of love and may it bring you every happiness, hope and joy.
And may God Bless You, Everyone!
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