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Even those who love deserved to be loved

· At the Angelus the Pope recalls that God teaches us to always love our neighbour and only the good ·

When God's love is rooted in our hearts, we become capable of loving even those who do not deserve it. The Pope said this at the Angelus on Sunday, 4 November, in St Peter's Square, reproposing the Gospel teaching of Jesus on “the greatest commandment, the commandment of love, which is two-fold: love God and love neighbour”.

Benedict XVI recalled that only “those who live a profound relationship with God” can fully put into practice the commandment of love, “just as a child”, he explained, “becomes capable of loving from a good relationship with his mother and father”. Before being a command, love indeed is “a gift, a reality that God allows us to know and experience, so that, like a seed, it can also germinate within us”.

“We learn from God”, the Pontiff reiterated, “to desire only the good and never evil”. Moreover, he added that a father and a mother “do not love their children only when they deserve love; they love always them, though of course, they make them understand when they are wrong”. Thus, Christians  are called to look at others not only with their own eyes but “with the eyes of God, which is the gaze of Jesus Christ”.

God's love is inseparable from love of a neighbour, according to Jesus' teaching which, the Pope explained, “did not invent one or the other but revealed that they are essentially a single commandment and did so not only through the Word, but especially with his testimony”.

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