You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God, the Dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1: 76-79)
As the Simbang Gabi draws to a close, our hearts are filled with joyful anticipation for the coming of the Savior. We listened to the Baptist who prepared the way of the One who is to come. Having levelled the mountains of our excesses and having filled the valleys of our omissions, we now see him, the Light who breaks the darkness, the Dawn from on high who shines upon us. The Bridegroom's friend is happy to hear the Bridegroom's voice. He now cries in the wilderness: the Bridegroom is here, go out to meet him! Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!