When we pray in church tonight it will be fitting, especially if there are military families in the congregation, to thank God that troops get to come home. But I hope liturgies will not include vague thanksgiving for “peace in Iraq”–because there isn’t.
The Washington Examiner tells how it is for Christians in Iraq:
“‘Midnight Christmas Mass has been canceled in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk as a consequence of the never-ending assassinations of Christians and the attack against Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral on 31st October, which killed 57 people,’ said Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk…”
The story adds, “Emmanuel criticized the United States for the danger in the region. ‘After Saddam fell, Christians were targeted and attacked because everyone thought we were somehow attached to the Americans but the truth is that the US did not do anything for the Christians,’ he explained.”
Luke’s Christmas story has the angels singing about peace on earth. This is a very popular Christmas theme. But Matthew’s Christmas story shows Herod the Great slaughtering children and forcing the Holy Family to become refugees. That is the reality in Iraq and many other places this Christmas.