The Nativity Fast 16 Hatoor/November 25

“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Lk 19:10)

How shall I receive the newborn Baby of Bethlehem?

On November 25th we begin the Nativity Fast period. It is a great fast during which we prepare ourselves spiritually to receive the birth of Christ. During the Nativity Fast we remember the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to our world and His incarnation; He became man to live with us as one of us and to be like us in everything except sin.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary and became man like us so that He may be spiritually born in every human soul that opens her heart to Him and receives Him. Jesus wore our flesh and His Spirit protects us.

In Incarnation and Nativity, God Himself seeks our salvation. When human beings were unable to save themselves, God came to save them.

The Nativity of the Lord Christ is an evidence of the wonderful divine love; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (Jn 3:16).

By our fasting we are reminded that this is not simply the birth of a baby, but God being united with man.  It is the moment when the unchangeable is joined with the changeable, eternal life with mortal life, He who holds the universe in His hand and who created all comes in the flesh for our salvation.

Let us prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. The Lord who found comfort in the womb of Virgin Mary, who was meek, humble and lowly, still finds comfort in the heart of a humble and lowly person. The strong is not necessarily the rich or the master since greatness lies in humility. The Lord has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of low degrees. So it is necessary for us to deny ourselves and possess a humble heart to receive Christ.

Jesus was born in a manger, and this indicates that He came to purify and sanctify the desires of the flesh. We have to clean our manger so that the Lord Christ may come and dwell in it.

The Virgin Mary is the model of purity; such a heart is the only place that deserves Christ to dwell in. Let us keep a pure body and a pure heart so that we may be worthy of receiving the Baby of Bethlehem.

May we have a period of sacred feelings of loving God and adhering to Him. May the Nativity Fast period be filled with spiritual nourishment and prayers, “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith”. (Ephesians 3:17)