|by James Christensen|
Today's the feast of St. Nicholas,
friend of the poor and giver of gifts,
precursor of Santa Claus!
while shopping for presents for family and friends,
getting ready to give them more than they need;
while trimming my tree and going to parties,
writing out cards and wrapping up gifts;
while speeding to spend more than I can afford,
on things that will break and soon be forgotten:
keep me mindful, Lord Jesus, of your humble birth
and the claim of the poor on the bounty that's mine...
the only gift Jesus really wants for his birthday
is for us to care for one another
- beginning with the poor...
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