I am sharing important news which isn't easy for me. In my homily last weekend, I did mention that in two months' time I'll be celebrating my 70th birthday. Now I must tell you that I am retiring as of July 1st. This has not been an easy decision for me, but my energy level is greatly depleted due to some ongoing health issues that are lung related.
When he announced this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis highlighted today's Gospel episode, in which Jesus proclaims in his hometown synagogue his Spirit-anointed mission to fulfill the promises of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus' mission then, says Pope Francis, is our mission now as Jesus' disciples this Jubilee Year of Mercy: to bring glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord, a year of God's mercy. Pope Francis challenges us to translate Jesus' mission to contemporary needs: to console by word and deed those materially or spiritually poor, to liberate those bound by modern society's new forms of slavery, to open the eyes of those blinded by their own self-interest, and to restore human dignity to all those from whom it has been stolen. To act with mercy in a spirit of joy!
La Iglesia es experta en misericordia, porque es experta en humanidad. Su unico fin es "continuar, bajo la guia del Espiritu, la obra misma de Cristo, quien vino al mundo para dar testimonio de la verdad, para salvar y no para juzgar, para servir y no para ser servido" (Concilio Vaticano II, Gaudium et spes, 3).
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