Based on an account in Saint Matthew’s Gospel, King Herod slaughtered a number of male babies in an attempt to rid himself of the perceived threat of a usurper of his throne.
What he didn’t realize is that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world─a fact that emerges later in Saint Matthew’s Gospel.
Franciscan Media. 2016. Holy Innocents – Franciscan Media. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/holy-innocents/. [Accessed 28 December 2016].