Monday, December 17, 2012

Simbang Gabi - Day 2

Readings: Gen 49:2, 8-10 / Mt 1:1-17

Truth be told, this is really the first year that I am attending simbang gabi novena masses religiously.. not because I have a fervent wish I want granted (as many say that if you complete all the simbang gabi, you can make a wish at the end and it will come true) but mainly because I'm realizing that I need to step up my faith in this not so faithful world... and I believe that this is one thing I can do to help me in this quest.... 

Day 2 of simbang gabi is a not a very good morning for me, I was still sleepy, feeling a bit stressed due to the piling up bills that we still need to pay... but I'm optimistic... and this is one "sacrifice" I'm willing to make, if only to show the Lord that I am capable... ha ha ha... 

The gospel pertains to Jesus' genealogy... where His lineage came from... we can see that He is a descendant of David, fulfilling the prophecy that the Messiah will come from David's family.  The priest's homily mentioned that David's family is not a perfect family... they had their own shares of struggles, temptations, sins and scandals but that did not stop God from loving the family and allowing the savior of all to be born thru this family...

LESSON LEARNED: 


Sometimes I strive to be perfect.. or at the very least desire to be and since I am not perfect, I fail at many things... I sin, I commit mistakes, I fall prey to temptations but I should learn to believe that God's love is perfect, that even in my imperfection He loves me and that I should accept God's love as unconditional and that HE desires to give me everything I need and desire, just as long as I accept His grace and allow Him to bless me and understand that yes perhaps it is not something I deserve, but HE is still willing and able to do it, if only I can accept it.  And even if I'm  not perfect He still desires to do the work within me and I can still serve Him amidst my imperfection and this way, I can glorify HIS name and show that HE is indeed a mighty, loving, and forgiving FATHER, whom I can always run to, whenever I want.