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St. Boniface

Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20
Tobit 13:2, 6-8
Mark 12:38-44

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“I want you to observe that this poor widow contributed more than all the others who donated to the treasury. They gave from their surplus wealth, but she gave from her want, all that she had to live on.” —Mark 12:43-44

Who makes the greatest contributions to the building of God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven? It’s not the official religious leaders who give from their surplus, but the little people — the widows and the poor — who give their all to the Lord. When little poor people give their small all, Jesus multiplies that all to feed the masses and renew the face of the earth. “God chose those whom the world considers absurd to shame the wise; He singled out the weak of this world to shame the strong. He chose the world’s lowborn and despised, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who were something” (1 Cor 1:27-28).

The Lord continues to choose the small to the present day. He still chooses teenage girls from villages like Nazareth to change the world. He still takes broken, blind men like Tobit and turns all things to the good for those who love Him (Rm 8:28). Like Job, you may be crushed by tragedies. If you give your all to the Lord, you will bear much fruit for the Kingdom (Jn 12:24). Jesus made Himself small by emptying Himself in the Incarnation, and He gave His all by dying on the cross (Phil 2:6ff). Let us follow in His footsteps.

Prayer:  Father, I love You with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength (Mk 12:30).

Promise:  “Honor and proclaim God’s deeds, and do not be slack in praising Him.” —Tb 12:6

Praise:  By focusing on correcting the non-Christian practices he found on his journeys, St. Boniface was able to restore the true faith to most of Germany.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Developing A Deep, Personal Relationship with Jesus, order, listen to, or download our CD 52-1 or DVD 52 on our website.)

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