True love is a two-way traffic. Yet, many of our religious traditions, activities and celebrations depict a rather selfish one-way traffic kind of love. That kind of love is expreseed in the most favorite verse among christians "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that whosoever believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.' Jn. 3:16. Yet, the love Jesus taught us is a two way traffic love, a covenant with two parties - God and mankind. Jesus clarified that kind of love when He said "Love one another, as I HAVE LOVED YOU" ( that is, to the dimension of the cross, sacrifice) Jn. 13:34. He emphasized that when He said "If anyone would want to be my disciple, let him forget about himself, pick up his cross and follow me." Mt. 16:24.
The more complete verse expressing a covenant of love is 1 Jn. 3:16, "In this we know love. Christ offered his life for us. We ought to offer our life too to our brethren"
The Panunuluyan at San Pedro shows that covenant, that two-way traffic of true love. Thus, in our Panunuluyan, we expressed our joy in RECEIVING God's concrete love in sending Jesus, and we expressed our joy and response in gift-GIVING to the poorest of the poor, preselected long before the event.
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