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Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.
I often fall into the trap of minimizing my service to God. In my work as a psychotherapist, I tell myself All I do is talk, physicians do the real work of healing physical bodies. My work is nothing, I tell myself, compared to the higher calling of doctors, priests, and policy makers.
But then I remember that the Savior of the world entered history the same way I did. I remember Jesus feels the same feelings I do and deals with the same doubts I do. I remember that Jesus faces temptation, just like I do. Then, I can embrace my gifts as an opportunity to do the work to which Jesus calls me.
MOVING FORWARD: What were you born to do? What is your gift? Are you using it to the glory of God?
Today the Church remembers Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ.