Today the Church enters a new season. Starting today all Christians are called upon to begin the fast for the Great Feast of our Lord’s Nativity.
Do you remember why this fast was set by the Holy Fathers? In the O.T., Moses fasted for forty days in the desert of Egypt with no food or water in order to receive the Law, the Ten Commandments. We, on the other hand, now fast for forty days, not like Moses who did so without food and drink, we just abstain from certain food on certain days, but we do this not simply to receive the Law like Moses, but to receive the Lawgiver Himself: Christ our Almighty God. Think about that! During this season we combine our fasting with prayer, repentance & confession, receiving the Holy Gifts (communing), with helping people in need, and feeding the poor. With God’s help, we can make a good beginning and see how much these disciplines and the focus they bring can positively affect our lives. Remember we don’t do this in a mechanical way, but believing in what we’re doing, asking God to help, relying on His help and great mercy so that our hearts can become like that cave in which our Lord Jesus Christ was born.