In his homily on the occasion of the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Pope Francis recalled that these two “giants of faith” were freed from the chains of their lives after having met Christ. Francis invited us to follow the example of these apostles “being collaborators of this liberation, breaking chains in our cities, our societies, our world”, because “only a free Church is a credible Church”.
Sofia Lobos – Vatican City
On Tuesday June 29, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in the Vatican Basilica on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, martyrs and patrons of Rome.
In his homily the Holy Father invited to “observe closely” these two witnesses to the faith, who put at the center of their stories, “not their abilities, but the encounter with Christ who changed their lives, experiencing a love that healed and healed them. released them. “
“Pedro and Pablo are free only because they were released,” Francisco said, stopping at this central point:
Peter and Paul were freed by Jesus
In this sense, the Pope stressed that despite Peter’s weaknesses, the Son of God does not abandon him, rather, “encourages him not to surrender, to throw his nets back into the sea, to walk on water, to look with courage at his own weakness, to follow him on the way of the cross. In this way he freed him from fear, and called him precisely to him to confirm his brothers in the faith “.
As we have heard in the Gospel Francisco added, to He gave her the keys to open the doors that lead to the encounter with the Lord and the power to bind and loose: to bind the brothers to Christ and to untie the knots and chains of their lives.
For the Pontiff, all this was possible because – as today’s first reading tells us – Peter was the first to be freed: “It is a new story of opening, of liberation, of broken chains, of leaving the captivity that it holds. Peter had the Passover experience: the Lord freed him. “
Likewise, Francis recalled that the apostle Paul also experienced the liberation of Christ:
In this context, the Holy Father pointed out that the Church looks “at these two giants of faith and sees two Apostles who released the power of the Gospel in the world, only because before they were released by their encounter with Christ.”
Let us be collaborators of this liberation in the world
Likewise, Francis recalled that we, touched by the Lord, are also liberated, something that is fundamental because only a free Church is a credible Church.
In his address, the Pope invited us to ask ourselves how much need for liberation our cities, our societies, our world have, and consequently, he exhorted us to become collaborators of this liberation, “but only -he pointed- if before we let ourselves be liberated by the novelty of Jesus and we walk in the freedom of the Holy Spirit “.
Greetings to the Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Referring to the brother archbishops who receive the pallium, Francis emphasized that “This sign of unity with Peter recalls the mission of the shepherd who gives his life for the flock. By giving his life, the pastor, freed from himself, becomes an instrument of liberation for his brothers. “
Before concluding, the Holy Father greeted the Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, present at the Holy Mass and sent for this occasion by His Holiness Bartholomew I: “Your pleasant presence is a precious sign of unity on the path of liberation from the distances that scandalously divide believers in Christ “, Francis concluded, praying for the whole Church, “for all of us so that, released for Christ, let us be apostles of deliverance in the entire world”.