Why a Jubilee of Mercy?
According to Pope Francis the church needs it.
“This holy year is offered to us in order to experience in our lives the sweet and gentle touch of the forgiveness of God, his presence beside us and his closeness above all in moments of greatest need” -Pope Francis
This coming year we all need to change and be more like Jesus. This year we need to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way. We are encourage to join together in prayer, go to confession, and share the genius of Catholicism with others.
What is the purpose of a Jubilee Year?
The purpose is to help people grow spiritually, strengthen their faith, and encourage works or service, and to promote unity with Catholic Church and society in general.
The Pardon of the Sinful Woman.
36. A Pharisee invited him to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.37Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, 38she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” 40Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. 41wages and the other owed fifty. 42Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?” 43Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”44Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. 46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. 47So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. ” 48He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”49The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”50But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Reflection From the Scripture
- When my sins have been forgiven, can I truly put them behind me?
- Do I allow new life through God’s Mercy to lead me to sin more?
What Should I do During this Year of Mercy?
As 2016 begins, place God’s mercy front and center in your life.
Here are some ways to get started:
Go to confession.
Read a Catholic book about Mercy.
Pick one spiritual work of mercy.
Pick one corporal work of mercy.
Take a pilgrimage.
Pray the Divine Mercy Novena.
Works of Mercy