During the Christmas season, we are led to reflect more on the heart of Jesus. Jesus’ good deeds included healing the sick, and having mercy and compassion for others. He also had fellowship with people who society deemed as undesirable to associate with. One young man of good deeds born in 270 AD was Nicholas of Barre, an Ionian Greek. He was a Christian at the time Rome was crucifying Christians, burning them alive and feeding them to lions. He devoted his life to God and simply wanted to bring joy and happiness to people, even though life was so dark and challenging for Christians. He tried many ways to do this, and then something happened — his parents tragically died and left him a fortune.
Nicholas knew his parents were wealthy but never imagined they would leave him such an immense fortune. As a believer, he felt called by the Holy Spirit. Instead of embellishing his life and giving into ego, he used the wealth to make people happier. Maybe we could say, “Spread some Christmas cheer.” Like the heart of Jesus, Nicholas’ heart was focused on helping people who were hurting. He devoted the rest of his life to God and became a priest and a pastor. Nicholas of Barre decided that he was going to give away his money and his life to people in need.
Friend, if you haven’t guessed by now, the historical figure I’m talking about is St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. He is known by many names, including Miracle Worker and Nicholas the Wonderworker. He believed in providing people with a second chance and truly exemplified the life of Jesus. We, too, can bring hope and healing to others this Christmas season and year-round!