The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 54
How appropriate that this chapter concerning the giving and receiving of gifts falls on the feast of St. Nicholas! On this ancient feast from which are derived many of our Christmas traditions such as stockings and the giving of gifts to children, let us attend to that within us which needs to possess and which needs to control what comes to us.
In the words of Isaiah we hear during Advent, these needs are the mountains we make low to prepare the way of the Coming One.
And let us also attend to that within us which feels unworthy to receive from the generous hand of God.
These feelings are valleys we lift up.
When God's path into or lives is level, we are able to receive God and bear God into the world, joyfully offering what has been entrusted to us for the benefit of all.