Jewish people soon be reading from the book of Exodus on Saturdays in synagogues throughout the world. Today’s section of the Epiphany story links the ancient account of the Exodus with the history of Jesus. Just as the Chosen People’s liberation began in Egypt, so does Jesus embrace the history of his people and go to Egypt. Herod is as the wicked Pharaoh who sought the life of Jesus. For Matthew, Jesus is a New Moses who is going to free his people. The weeping mothers of Bethlehem link with the weeping mothers during that other period in our history of suffering, the Exile in Babylon.
Nothing can stop what God wants to do. God is going to liberate God’s people. This will happen for you, when you listen and respond to the Lord’s call upon your life. God will protect you from the Evil One so that the full measure of God’s anointing can flow into your soul.