Pope: Christ's love helps us love those 'on the other side'
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The boundless love with which Jesus Christ loves each and every person is the same love Catholics are compelled to show their "enemies," Pope Francis said Sunday.
strong>Vatican City, (CNA) - Speaking during his address before the recitation of the Regina Coeli prayer May 19, the pope asked people to answer a question in their hearts: "Am I capable of loving my enemies?"
"We all have people '" I do not know if they are enemies '" but that do not agree with us, who are 'on the other side,' " he said.
"Or does anyone have people who hurt them," he added, urging people to ask themselves: "Am I capable of loving those people? That man, that woman who hurt me, who offended me? Am I able to forgive him?"
It is the love of Jesus for us that makes the act of loving and forgiving others possible, he said, reflecting on the moment at the Last Supper, when, after washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus gives them a "new" commandment: "Love one another as I have loved you."
"Jesus loved us first," Pope Francis said. "He loved us despite our frailties, our limitations and our human weaknesses. It was He who made us become worthy of his love that knows no limits and never ends."
"The love that is manifested in the cross of Christ and that He calls us to live is the only force that transforms our heart of stone into a heart of flesh," he stated. "The only force capable of transforming our heart is the love of Jesus, if we also love with this love."
"And this love makes us capable of loving our enemies and forgiving those who have offended us."
Francis noted that the commandment to love one another, when Jesus gave it, was not novel, but that what made it "new" was the part which says, "as I have loved you."
Speaking shortly before his Crucifixion and death, Jesus showed his disciples the origin and example of the kind of love people are called to give.
"The novelty is all in the love of Jesus Christ, the one with which he gave his life for us. It is a question of the love of God, universal, without conditions and without limits, which finds its apex on the cross."
"In that moment of extreme lowering, in that moment of abandonment to the Father, the Son of God has shown and given to the world the fullness of love," he said.
May the Virgin Mary, the pope prayed, "help us, with her maternal intercession, to welcome from her Son Jesus the gift of his commandment, and from the Holy Spirit the strength to practice it in everyday life."
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