Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which marks the end of the Christmas season. The theme of light endures, however, as we will soon celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2 as well as the greatest light of all—the Resurrection at Easter.
The Christmas season that now ends recapitulates, as a bad memory, the figure of Herod, a most cruel king and tyrant who not only slaughtered the holy innocents but killed members of his own family. Violence is an integral part of the Christmas story.
So too violence marred our Old Year’s in the middle of the Christmas season as four persons were killed and several wounded in downtown Port of Spain shootouts. Several innocent people were shot, and one died.