From St John Chrysostom: ‘Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “In Rama was there a voice heard, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not”.  Thus having filled the hearer with horror by relating these things: the slaughter so violent and unjust, so extremely cruel and lawless; he comforts him again, by saying, Not from God’s wanting power to prevent it did all this take place, nor from any ignorance of His, but when He both knew it, and foretold it, and that loudly by His prophet. Be not troubled then, neither despond, looking unto His unspeakable providence, which one may most clearly see, alike by what He works, and by what He permits. … Be not then troubled, He says, neither be disturbed. For if He know what ye suffer, and has power to hinder it, it is quite clear that it is in His providence and care for you that He does not hinder it. And this we ought to bear in mind in our own temptations also, and great will be the consolation we shall thence receive’.

We have many occasions in these times to put our trust in God’s Providence. May the Holy Innocents pray for us, and may God bless you this day.