Jubilee!

"Creative Commons 50" by Steve Bowbrick is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Creative Commons 50” by Steve Bowbrick is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Pope Francis has proclaimed a Year of Mercy. Leviticus promotes a Year of Jubilee. Does theJubilee have any significance for us today?

Leviticus 25:8-10 Count off seven weeks of years—that is, seven times seven—so that the seven weeks of years totals forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet blown on the tenth day of the seventh month. Have the trumpet blown throughout your land on the Day of Reconciliation. 10 You will make the fiftieth year holy, proclaiming freedom throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It will be a Jubilee year for you: each of you must return to your family property and to your extended family.

[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

Jubilee

50
…the year of Jubilee
…the year that never comes
…the year of freedom and restoration

freedom
…the memory of release from Egypt
…the memory of freedom from empire
…the memory of God’s great deliverance

restoration
…the promise of renewal
…the promise of faithfulness
…the promise of sacred response

50 – jubilee
…etched in the hearts and mind
…of the people of Israel

Commonwealth of Peace and Justice
…etched in the hearts and minds of
…the followers of Yeshua

Jubilee and Commonwealth
…the promise that this life
……bears a dimension of
……the divine mystery
…the affirmation that
……the full mastery of this life
……is always yet to come
…the covenant that
……the reality of abundant life
……is both affirmed and promised

Jubilee and Commonwealth
…remind us that life is lived
……in the mean-time
……in the in-between times

Holy Saturday
…life lived
……in the tension between memory and promise
……on the knife-edge between Good Friday and Easter
……with the past striving against the future
…compassionate attending to the suffering of this world
……infused with the impossible possibility
………of a tearless world to come
…solidarity with the poor
……united with the hope
………of a classless society
…befriending the least, lost, last, and left out
……in confident anticipation
………of steadfast justice that will
…………turn the world
…………inside-out and
…………upside-down

Jubilee and Commonwealth
…day dreaming?
…pious fantasy?
…pie in the sky?
……Perhaps!

Is love, that puts another first, a pipe dream?
Is compassion, that reaches across to heal a wound, wishful thinking?
Is justice, that sets right what was wrong, a figment of the imagination?

Choosing to live
…in the mean-time
…in the in-between times
…perpetually on Holy Saturday
……means commiting myself to
……a permanent Jubilee
………of freedom and restoration
………an enduring Commonwealth
…………of peace, justice, and wholeness
…quite simply
……it means
……choosing to live
………in abundance rather than privation
………in hope rather than fear
………in compassion and love rather than hate or apathy
……choosing to live
………fully!

I choose life!

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