DECEMBER 10, 2017 - "A SEASON FOR DISCIPLINE AND FASTING"
The Nativity of our Lord is observed in two ways in our day: there is a secular festival and a religious observance. We cannot help getting caught up in the secular trappings of this season – the sounds, smells and sights of Christmas
Surround us. But even this is not all evil. It may be materialistic and used for friendliness to our hearts. It brightens up life and brings a measure of joy to the earth.
But as Christians, we must go beyond this sort of observance, beyond the outward forms to the inner and true reality of the holiday. And this is why the Church wisely prescribes a FASTING PERIOD before Christmas. It is to be a time for deepening our Faith, for increasing the vitality of our prayer and for the disciplining of our lives. All this draws us nearer to the Lord.
We must remember that this holiday is much more than waiting for superficial things. We are truly waiting for a much more important gift. That is the second coming of our Lord; the day when we are reunited with our loved ones who have passed. During the holiday season, we must remember not to get caught up in all the “craziness” that this time of the year brings. We must remember to see God’s glory and admit we are lost without Him. We must say “yes” to His love and receive His forgiveness. While we wait, we must turn away from sin and look for repentance.