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Jubilee of Mercy: Merciful Like the Father

 

Today the website was launched for the Jubilee of Mercy. There has been much thought put into this extraordinary year which will begin December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and reach its completion on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. There will be celebrations for youth, catechists, priests, prisoners, the infirm, the disabled, the Roman curia, consecrated, religious, workers, volunteers of mercy, etc. The Holy Father leaves no one out. He invites all to the celebration, to experience the Mercy of the Father.

 

I especially love the logo designed by Father Marko I. Rupnik for the occasion. The rich symbolism is beautiful. Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 7.16.49 AM

The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.

The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all. 

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2 Thoughts on “Jubilee of Mercy: Merciful Like the Father

  1. I cannot wait for this year to begin. The Holy Father and his divine wisdom!

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