Hero – someone who has done something brave, new, or good, and who is therefore greatly admired by a lot of people – From my cellphone’s dictionary.
Today is a holiday. And for some who don’t know the reason why the government declared this as a holiday, let it be known to you that the reason why you have a day off is that today is National Heroes Day. =)
What is a hero? Who is your hero? Why is there a hero?
Recently, our country mourned for the loss of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. The reaction of our countrymen towards Robredo’s sudden death is overwhelming. People from all walks of life have paid tribute to him. Not only the masses have expressed their respect and admiration for him but also the elite have affirmed that this man is a true example of a good leader. Secretary Robredo is a leader worthy to be emulated. He led by being a servant. He followed Jesus’ s example. In Matthew 20:25-28 Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Nothing just happens. Robredo’s passing had a purpose. It is to inspire us to become better Filipinos – to love our country, our families, and our God. Even his wife believes that his husband’s mission on earth has already been accomplished. He lived a purpose-driven life. He has raised the bar of public service. One TV news anchor even commented that a lot of people in public office right now are afraid to die yet because the love that the people have shown for Robredo might not be the same when he or she dies. He has done so many good works, and is admired by many. Thus, he is a modern-day hero.
I am just one of the many who are inspired by his life, his governance, and his public service. Our country needs more heroes like him. I don’t know him personally, in fact, I never really thought of him as someone important, not until he passed away and I learnt about his story. But I am happy because now, I know, that there really are Filipinos like him who exist. There are still leaders and public servants like him who are worthy of respect and admiration.
One doesn’t even have to hold a public office or be on the high ranks to be a hero. The volunteers and government workers who helped in rescuing the flood victims, the software engineer who delivers high performance, the parents who work hard for their sons and daughters, the sisters/brothers who help provide for the needs of their family, the priests and preachers who speak about God’s love… the list could go on…which means that any one can be a hero in his own little way. YOU can be a hero. So be a hero. So that someday, when we join our Creator in Heaven, we can leave a legacy behind. And we will have an answer if God asks, “Are you somebody’s hero?”