Greetings of genuine service and unwavering commitment to all!
I WANT TO SERVE YOU, our 2015 YearTheme is a very strong declaration that we, as Chiro Pilipinas are called to a life of service. The word “I” refers to all courageous individuals who commit and accept the challenges that we remain faithful servants amidst of the deteriorating values of the world. “WANT” tells about our desires to make and do something different. “SERVE” boldly says the action of helping or doing work for someone. And lastly, “YOU” denotes not just for God but to all the people around us, most especially to the least, the lost and the last.
Inspired from the book of Ezra, chapter 10 verse 4, “Rise up, take courage and do it!”. This primarily promotes to strengthen the service and commitment in Chiro. This is also to encourage more young people to be brave enough in reaching out to others especially to the poor as Pope Francis always reiterates.
We have continued our journey: from 2013 we put faith into action, Let’s ActiFaith! (James 2:26) which empowered by last year’s theme, Let’s Have Breakfast (John 21:12) and 2015 came with the motivation of serving God and others, I Want to Serve You! (Ezra 10:4).
To serve God is to serve others. It is the greatest form of charity, the pure love of Jesus Christ. For January-February, we want you to explore more about the word “Serve” especially how the leaders and members understood it. Moreover, how and when they will be prepared to shout: Ready to… Serve!
For March-April, our watchword is “Confirmed to His Service”, a well-known line from our Chiro creed that reminds us that we have confirmed ourselves to serve Chiro and outside Chiro. Some are already shouting: Committed to… Serve! And the others are aspiring to do the same. We must all remind ourselves from time to time about the commitment we made to God when we choose to become a Catholic.
May-June watchword is grounded from Psalm 100:2 “Serve with Joy”. Let us never forget that finding joy in serving God is an essential part of being Chiro because it is one of the reasons why we continue to serve and additionally, it helps as a medicine to all the despair that surrounds us on a daily basis. Let the joy of serving the Lord be your strength this day and every day as we shout: Always… Joyful!
“Be Brave and Serve” (1 Chronicles 28:20) is the watchword for July-August. Following through the Year of the Laity’s Choose to be Brave, we are continuously called to be brave, stand firm, serve Christ and be loyal to the Gospel as we proudly shout: Brave and… Loyal!
Our watchword for September-October is “Serve, Not to be Served” (Mark 10:45). Service is the trademark of our faith. Jesus Christ said that He came not to be served but to serve. His life on earth is a daily reminder to all of us to be humble for He himself surrendered the glories of heaven to come here and serve the mankind. Serving Christ is far more important among other things. By its nature, service is sacrificial. Christian service is reaching others, loving others, helping others, befriending others. Thru our service, we find new people and we are having new friends. Wherein we shout: In friendship… True!
To follow Christ is to become more like Him and it is to learn from His character. The Saviour invites us to learn His gospel by living His teachings. Our watchword for November-December is “Serve Like Christ” He is the one among us who serves the best! (Luke 22:27). With all our hearts, minds, strengths and souls, let us all shout: To Christ our King… Loyalty!
As Chiro, we are called to serve Jesus Christ. So try to find opportunities in our everyday life to serve Him. We can serve Him as a good son or daughter, a good student, a good employee, a good boss. Let Christ be known in all our words and actions. So, whatever He asks us to do, be obedient, serve Him in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lastly, may the words of Pope Francis in the World Youth Day Mass on July 28, 2013 inspire us more to go out of our peripherals and serve beyond our horizons.
“Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.
Do not be afraid, we can do more!
I want to serve you!
Ldr. Olan Vera Cruz