On this feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, we should remember and imitate her desire to please God. When queried about the state of her health or how she was feeling, she always answered with a smile: “As the Master desires.” She lived to delight her Savior and hoped that even her smallest action would bring Him joy.
Once again we are reminded about the importance of the tiny choices and events of our life – how they carry so much weight in Heaven. And, if you think about it, isn't it harder to be faithful in small things? The heroic episodes of life usually bring out the best in us - we rise to the occasion when the world is watching. But when we have to choose whether to leave a note on a car we scratched, return extra money if we are overpaid at the cash register, or finish a job with the same enthusiasm with which we started it, then things can get a little iffy. This is where St. Josephine Bakhita shone, doing what was right just to please God and not crowds of admirers.
“What does God want of me in this matter, in this situation, or in my relationship with that person? What would be the more pleasing to God?”, asks St. Bernard. These are the questions we must ask ourselves each day, each hour, each moment. Jesus also reminds us: "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much." (Luke 16:10)
Today, let's be faithful in the small things, and seek to please God alone.
Blessed Feast Day, St. Josephine Bakhita!