|Herod murdered members|
of his own family including
one of his wives and several
of his children.
“Herod the Great expired from chronic kidney disease probably complicated by Fournier’s gangrene,” according to the medical investigative work of Jan Hirschmann, M.D., staff physician at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and professor of medicine at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. The texts that we depend on for a close description of Herod’s last days list several major features of the disease that caused his death—among them, intense itching, painful intestinal problems, breathlessness, convulsions in every limb, and gangrene of the genitalia."
As we face the difficult days ahead and the challenging year of 2021, some of us will experience painful and challenging suffering and death. Loving God never means a life without pain and suffering. Read the lives of the saints if you need proof. The difference between those who serve the Lord and those who serve Lucifer is the way we deal with those challenges. Those who serve the Lord find meaning in sufferings embraced and united to the cross of Christ.
One of my new year's resolutions is to say this prayer often, especially when life looks dark and depressing and I'm tempted to despair:
My Jesus, I offer this for love of You, for the conversion of poor sinners, and in atonement for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Sodom and Gomorrah may have gone global, but the Kingdom of God is within us and around us. Our little boats float on an ocean of God's love and mercy with Jesus sleeping on a cushion right there with us as we're tossed in the storms of life. We need not fear capsizing when we trust in Him. Let us meditate on His holy face and fear nothing.