6th December. St Nicholas. On the last day of school at their assembly young Nick had been given a task to speak about St Nicholas, the original Santa Claus, who had been a bishop in the very early days of the church. He said, “The story is told that he was particularly generous, especially with the poor, giving them food and clothing. How this all became commercialised into giving expensive presents is not clear, but our class decided to collect food and clothes for the homeless people who live in the veldt near our school. The principal arranged for us to meet with some of them and they told us a lot about their life and how they were separated from their families because of poverty. We felt pleased to help a little. And I told my folks I really don’t want an expensive present this year.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ”Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?” I answered, “here I am, send me.” Isaiah 6:1-8.
Points for reflection and sharing. Pope Francis asks us to come closer to the poor. This year what can we do as a family to help a poor family even if we are not well-off ourselves?