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:¬† ‚ÄúAs the Master desires.‚ÄĚ¬† 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 ‚Äď 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. ¬†
¬†‚ÄúWhat 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?‚ÄĚ, 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!¬†