The Preparation for the Great Jubilee
Second Vatican Council
Pope John Paul II
Remote Preparation
Immediate Preparation
1997- The Year of Jesus
1998 - The Year of the Holy Spirit
1999 - the Year of the Father
1997: The Year of Jesus

The theme of the first year of preparation was "Jesus Christ the Savior of the World, yesterday, today and for ever." (cf. Heb 13:8)

The Holy Father noted that since "ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ," Christians should turn with renewed interest to the portrait of Christ contained in Scripture. This includes not only the New Testament, which witnesses to the life and teaching of Jesus, but also the Old Testament, which prepared the way for the Messiah. 

The Holy Father gave the Church some particular themes to guide her meditation during the Year of Jesus.
- Christ, Savior and Proclaimer of the Gospel (Lk 4)
- the Incarnation and Jesus' birth from the Virgin Mary (Lk 1-3; Mt 1-2)
- the necessity of faith in Christ for salvation (John 3, Acts 2-4+, Romans)
- renewed appreciation of Baptism (the foundation of communion among all Christians). The Holy Father called Christians to look toward Christ the one Lord, and hoped for a favorable response from other Christians to the Jubilee, with its message of the centrality of Christ
- calls for detailed study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 

a  "faithful and systematic presentation of the teaching of Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition of the Church and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the spiritual heritage of the Fathers, Doctors and Saints of the Church..."

"To be realistic, we need to enlighten the consciences of the faithful concerning errors regarding the person of Christ, clarifying objections against him and the church."

The Holy Father also noted the indirect presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the preparatory phase for the Great Jubilee. The  Mystery of Her Divine Motherhood is a model of faith put into practice, and serves as an example for the Church so that she may become more perfectly Christís Spouse.

Luke 11:27-28 While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed."+ [28] He replied, "Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."

Luke 1:38 Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

Luke 1:48 For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.

2000: The Great Jubilee - Year of Jesus