Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 9 - Simbang Gabi 2012

Today marks the last day for the simbang gabi novena masses and I feel great that we were able to complete it.

The gospel talked about the birth of John the baptist and Zecharias song of praise.  I was quite sleepy so I really didn't understand most of the reading but part of me knew that I can always just re-read the gospel when I get home.  But I listened to the homily of the priest and it was a wake up call for me.

This morning when I woke up and got ready to go to church, I felt quite proud that I completed these novena masses, it is indeed an accomplishment and I felt proud. But the priest reminded us that everything comes from God and it is not thru my own doing that I was able to complete simbang gabi... It is only thru God's grace that I was able to complete it and that I was able to wake up even though I was very sleepy at times NOT me, but GOD. This was indeed a lesson in humility. I realized that I should learn to be humble and going back thru my life, I felt that I was always too proud of everything that I have accomplished.  My children, my job, even the car and all the perks I was able to acquire up to this moment.  I realized how arrogant I was thinking that it was me all along who got all those, all by myself.   Oh I would utter word of thanks and may even mean it at times but I realized now that in the end, I was one arrogant *toot*....

So with this in mind, I hope that this realization, I can put to good use, that one of these days, I may find myself truly humble and truly appreciative of how the Lord has blessed my life and find happiness and peace right where I am. 

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