“What is this Jubilee Year?”

 

Jubilee Year of Favor
Jubilee Year of Favor

In case you are asking this question, here is the response given by our Holy Father for the World Youth Day scheduled in Krakow, Poland in July 2016. Message is taken from Vatican Information News Service (VIS) 28 September 2015.

“Perhaps some of you are asking: what is this Jubilee Year that is celebrated in the Church? The scriptural text of Leviticus can help us to understand the meaning of a ‘jubilee’ for the people of Israel. Every fifty years they heard the sounding of a trumpet (jobel) calling them (jobil) to celebrate a holy year as a time of reconciliation (jobal) for everyone. During that time they had to renew their good relations with God, with their neighbors and with creation, all in a spirit of gratuitousness. This fostered, among other things, debt forgiveness, special help for those who had fallen into poverty, an improvement in interpersonal relations and the freeing of slaves.

Jesus Christ came to proclaim and bring about the Lord’s everlasting time of grace. He brought good news to the poor, freedom to prisoners, sight to the blind and freedom to the oppressed. In Jesus, and particularly in his Paschal Mystery, the deeper meaning of the jubilee is fully realized. When the Church proclaims a jubilee in the name of Christ, we are all invited to experience a wonderful time of grace. The Church must offer abundant signs of God’s presence and closeness, and reawaken in people’s hearts the ability to look to the essentials. In particular, this Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy’.”

This is a time of reconciliation for everyone. A time of reflection and introspection. Taking a deeper look at ‘Who we are and Whose we are’. Just as the two men walked along the Emmaus Road, many of us traverse the same road in this world failing to recognize Jesus in our midst. They did at least make the “Invitation” for Him to join them. They saw Him in the breaking of the bread and then He disappeared from them. We recall the glorious words spoken by them; “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” ~ Luke 24:32

When we take the time to recognize the presence of Jesus in the encounter in our lives, our hearts begin to burn with love, joy and forgiveness. We then decrease in order for the one that is within us is greater than the one that is within the world. ~ 1 John 4:4

Jubilee“…this Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy’.” ~ Pope Francis

We decrease and realize that the needs of others are more important than our needs and wants. We see this when we walk the Emmaus Road with the homeless, the poor, the downtrodden, those who suffer persecution and abuse. This is the perfect time for us to reconcile our pride and stubbornness to God asking Him for His forgiveness and make us better Sign’s of the Fathers Mercy to others; that they may see Him in our works and actions.

Let us take time within this Jubilee Year to Celebrate the Gift of God that is with us and within us. Let us experience the Encounter of the Mercy of God through opening the Door of our Hearts, that He may enter, fill us with His Grace, in order for us to share that with others.

Keep on Keepin’ On!

Keep on Keepin On!

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