Meeting Christ in the Liturgy: Weekly reflections on the Scriptures of the sacred Liturgy
and the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Jubilee Site of the Holy See

Preparatory Themes

The Holy Father has assigned a specific theme to each of the three preparatory years leading to the New Millennium.

•Year One, 1997: In this first year, we are called to reflect on the person of Jesus Christ. Special emphasis will be given to devising ways to reiterate the fundamental message of Christianity: "Jesus Christ, the one savior of the world, yesterday, today, and forever," (Hebrews 13:8).

•Year Two, 1998: The Church will focus on the Holy Spirit and how we might come to further experience the Spirit's "sanctifying presence within the community of Christ's disciples."

•Year Three, 1999: The Church's celebration will center on the One "from whom the Lord was sent and to whom he has returned," (John 16:28) God the Father. Pope John Paul II has emphasized the pilgrimage dimension of this year in his Apostolic letter "The whole of the Christian life is like a great pilgrimage to the house of the Father, whose unconditional love for every human creature ... we discover anew each day. This pilgrimage takes place in the heart of each person, extends to the believing community and then reaches to the whole of humanity."

The desire of Pope John Paul II is for the Great Jubilee Year 2000 to be celebrated simultaneously in the Holy Land, Rome and in local churches throughout the world. The Holy Father speaks of his own intense desire to visit Jerusalem and the Holy Land. "It would be very significant," John Paul writes, "if in the year 2000 it were possible to visit the places on the road taken by the people of God and the Old Covenant, starting from the places associated with Abraham and Moses": (Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 24).

The Holy Father encourages the entire Christian world to enter a type of world-wide retreat in preparation for the Third Millennium. A pilgrimage is an ideal starting point. While many may be able to participate in a pilgrimage to the holy places of Rome and Jerusalem, there will of course be many more who will have to consider alternatives closer to home.

Weekly reflections for the Jubilee of the Year 2000


Lord Jesus, who are the fullness of time and the Lord of history, prepare our minds to celebrate with faith the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, that it may be a year of grace and mercy. Give us a pure and simple heart, that we may contemplate with ever renewed wonder the mystery of the Incarnation when you, the Son of God, in the womb of the Virgin, sanctuary of the Spirit, became our brother.

(Praise and glory to you, O Christ, today and for ever).

Jesus, the beginning and fulfilment of the new man, convert our hearts so that, abandoning the ways of error, we may walk in your footsteps on the path which leads to life. Make us live our faith steadfastly, fulfilling our baptismal promises, testifying with conviction to your word, that the life-giving light of the Gospel may shine in our families and in society.

(Praise and glory to you, O Christ, today and for ever).

Jesus, power and wisdom of God, inspire in us a love for Sacred Scripture in which is heard the voice of the Father which enlightens, inflames, nourishes and consoles. Word of the living God, renew missionary zeal in the Church, that all peoples may come to know you, true Son of God and true son of man, the one mediator between man and God.

(Praise and glory to you, O Christ, today and for ever).

Jesus, fount of unity and peace, strengthen communion in your Church. Give fresh impulse to the ecumenical movement, that all your disciples may become one by the power of the Holy Spirit. You who gave us as the rule of life the new commandment of love, make us builders of a world that is united, in which war is conquered by peace and the culture of death by a zeal for life.

(Praise and glory to you, O Christ, today and for ever).

Jesus, only-begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth, the light which illumines every person, give the abundance of your life to all who seek you with a sincere heart. To you, man's Redeemer, the beginning and the end of time and of the universe, to the Father, unending source of all good, and to the Holy Spirit, seal of infinite love, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Jubilaeum: Site for the Jubilee Year 2000