Homily of Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz on the Ocasion of 30th Anniversary of The John Paul II Foundation
1. How piercingly sounds today’s Gospel readings in the Basilica bearing the name of Peter, the Apostle. Here, in the Basilica’s grottos, lies a man, on whom Christ built his church. We still remember the scene from the Caesarea Philippi. For the Master’s question “Who do you say I am?”, Simon Peter answered: “You are, the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16, 15-16). Upon these words, Jesus named the Apostle “Blessed are you” and He added: “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in Heaven.” (Mt 16, 18-19) Peter’s faith became the foundation for the community of the disciples of the crucified and resurrected Lord.