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God’s Glory

Saint Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, tells us that God’s greatness and power is at work within us who believe (Ephesians 1:19). This means that through the power of God we can do things we normally could not do on our own. We can forgive. We can sacrifice. We can resist temptation. We can act with kindness and be loving. We can put the needs of others before our own. With God, the possibilities are endless!

Even when we consider our weakness and limitations, we can display God’s glory. If we surrender to His power and set our own will aside God can create something completely new in us. This puts us in the right position for God’s glory to shine in us and through us. That is what Mary did in her life. That is what she meant when she prayed her Magnificat (Luke 1:46-51). In her humility, Mary knew that her greatness was because of God’s actions in her and through her.

We are rooted in the life of God and each of us has the possibility to do great things. That is how God created us. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he has planned for us” (Ephesian 2:10). Our lives should be a continual display of God’s glory!

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