We must not be slaves to any earthly power, says Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)


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