c) Approaching the Celebration
55. A separate chapter will be the actual celebration of the Great Jubilee, which
will take place simultaneously in the Holy Land, in Rome and in the local
Churches throughout the world. Especially in this phase, the phase of celebration, the
aim will be to give glory to the Trinity, from whom everything in the
world and in history comes and to whom everything returns. This mystery is
the focus of the three years of immediate preparation: from Christ and
through Christ, in the Holy Spirit, to the Father. In this sense the Jubilee
celebration makes present in an anticipatory way the goal and fulfilment of
the life of each Christian and of the whole Church in the Triune God.
But since Christ is the only way to the
Father, in order to highlight his living and saving presence in the Church
and the world, the International Eucharistic Congress will take place
in Rome, on the occasion of the Great Jubilee. The Year 2000 will be
intensely Eucharistic: in the Sacrament of the Eucharist the Saviour,
who took flesh in Mary's womb twenty centuries ago, continues to offer
himself to humanity as the source of divine life.
The ecumenical and universal character of the Sacred Jubilee can be fittingly reflected
by a meeting of all Christians. This would be an event of great significance, and
so, in order to avoid misunderstandings, it should be properly presented and carefully
prepared, in an attitude of fraternal cooperation with Christians of other denominations
and traditions, as well as of grateful openness to those religions whose representatives
might wish to acknowledge the joy shared by all the disciples of Christ.
One thing is certain: everyone is asked to do
as much as possible to ensure that the great challenge of the Year 2000 is
not overlooked, for this challenge certainly involves a special grace of the
Lord for the Church and for the whole of humanity.