Jubilee is a joy-filled word which gives us reasons for jubilation. The Old Testament Jubilee was celebrated after the seventh sabbath year, the 50th year. Everything would return to the situation at the start of the 50 years: land restored, debts forgiven, slaves freed, even the land was not cultivated and all would be free to eat of the fruits of the land--a new beginning for all.
Bible & Life magazine has three articles on the Jubilee giving us an understanding of that legislation that most authorities say was never really completely practiced; not difficult to see why, the wealthy would have had great difficulty in giving up what they had earned. Avarice and selfishness is part of our DNA; the Jubilee for the most part remained a dream an ideal. However, at the beginning of Our Lord's public life this Jubilee was a part of his blue print as expressed in Luke 4:19.
a dream we have as Christians. We can see the similarity of the Jubilee
Year to God's kingdom that we all entered at baptism with our decision
to imitate Jesus in loving, forgiving and showing mercy: a way of life
we decided to live. We have been bathed in this light and our work is to have all enter the community of humanity, leaving no one on
Looking over the creation story
and the way it has developed despite the teaching received can leave one
with a feeling of despair. However, seeing it with the eyes of faith and going beyond the history of sin we can see the hand of God.
of the articles shows how we sometimes look at the Scripture as only a
written account of the past and fail to see it as a blue print for the
future. Looking over the history of the past there is much sadness and
suffering but the message of glad tidings (Gospel) is
always present to stimulate and inspire us.
Pope Francis has asked us not to remain in our own communities but to go out into the streets of the world. This is our work to proclaim the Jubilee to all the nations of the world.