9th day, simbang gabi
Though it may seem tiring to even imagine getting up early in the morning to witness the Misa de Gallo, we shall miss these grace-filled days that lead to the birth of Christ. Through them, we experienced a livelier, renewed faith. It is not only Christ who was born; we are reborn in him.
The canticle of Zechariah exemplifies this renewed faith. He tongue was loosened that he could reveal God's truth, not his own. Unlike before when he was doubtful and discouraged, now he gives witness to God's will and His promise of salvation through Jesus Christ.
His prophesy to his son John may also apply to us, the new heralds of the good news. We shall become the prophets of the Most high. And that entails the loosening of our tongues; that our lives would be a living testimony of God's will to prepare others to meet him; and that we would commit our entire lives to instruct others so they would be able to enjoy God's presence eternally.
All of these will be like the dawn breaking, God's light will be shining upon us, and we will be walking along the way of peace.
Let us joyfully sing, "O come, all ye faithful!" with joy in our hearts. "Maranatha, come, Lord Jesus!"