“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy” with this beautiful sentence, Pope Francis opens the Bull of Indiction for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. From December 8th 2015 and until November 20th 2016, the Jubilee of Mercy is inviting us all to consider the importance of being merciful, as our father is merciful (Lk 6:36).
Pope Francis chose the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception to begin this Jubilee because it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Vatican II Council that brought many positive changes to our church. The role of laity as People of God and participants in the missionary call of the Church to take the good news to every living creature moved the perspective of passive parishioners to active ministers sharing with the priest the call of the Lord.
In this year, Pope Francis is going to send Missionaries of Mercy to all around the world beginning in Lent. They are going to be priests who will be a sign of the maternal solicitude of the church for the People of God., as they will be granted the permission to pardon sins that only the Holy See can forgive.
What better year to celebrate the Mercy of God than this liturgical year cycle C where we are going to focus on the Gospel of Luke that includes the Parables of Mercy: the lost sheep, the lost drachma and the prodigal son. These are parables that present the infinite mercy of God and the joy in heaven for a repentant son or daughter.
“This is the opportune moment to change our lives!” Pope Francis invites those who perpetrate or participate in corruption to change their ways. This sin is affecting the threads that form our society and we can’t be searching for justice and mercy when corruption is deforming through laws and immoral practices our community life.
In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis will celebrate a jubilee of those involved in pilgrimage work (January 21), for those devoted to the Spirituality of Divine Mercy (April 3), Jubilees for boys and girls (April 25), for Deacons (May 29), for Priests (June 3), for the sick and persons with disabilities (June 12), for the youth (July 31), for workers and volunteers of mercy (September 4), for Catechists (September 25), Marian Jubilee (October 8), and the Jubilee for prisoners (November 6).
15 Permanent Deacons of El Paso are planning to go to Rome to be with the Pope in the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, when the church will be celebrating the jubilee of deacons. You might be invited to participate in some of our fundraising activities to help us finance this journey to the Holy See to participate the joy of God’s Mercy.