Vatican City, 29 October, 2023 / 5:05 pm (ACI Africa).
During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis expressed that the love of God and the love of neighbor are inextricably bound together.
“Love of God and neighbor are inseparable from each other,” the pope said Oct. 29 in front of nearly 20,000 faithful, according to an official estimate of the Vatican Gendarmerie.
Reflecting on today’s Gospel (Mt 22:34-40), the Holy Father stressed that in it we find the “greatest of the commandments”: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … and … your neighbor as yourself.’”
This commandment is constructed upon two central pillars. Love, the pope explained, stems first and foremost from God.
“The fact that love for the Lord comes first reminds us that God always precedes us, he anticipates us with his infinite tenderness, with his closeness, with his mercy, for he is always near, tender, and merciful,” the pope said.