This passage is the story of history repeating itself. Because of the fear of a tyrant, another genocide affects the nation of Israel; Herod attempts to exterminate Jesus. Whereas Jesus is spared, many young boys are killed.
What appears to be a throwaway verse becomes a calling for a community in Christ. The scene depicts an inconsolable mother wailing for her murdered child. Consolation is not a formula, recipe, or dictation of those surrounding those who lament. Consolation comes when those who lament trust their community. A community rooted in forgiveness and compassion, exemplified in the death and resurrection of Jesus, provides that space where healing and consolation can make its way.