Jesus word’s and
deeds fulfilled the whole tradition of the Jubilee.
Luke 4:16-21 And
he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the
synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day. And he stood up to
read; 17 and there was given to him the book of the prophet
Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach
good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the
captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those
who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the acceptable year of the
Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and gave it back to the
attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed
on him. 21 And he began to say to them, Today this scripture
has been fulfilled in your hearing.
Mt. 11:2-5 2When John heard in prison of the works of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to him
3with this question, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"
4Jesus said to them in reply, "Go and tell John what you hear and see:
5the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
Like the people of Jesus time, we, and men and women of
all times, are called to recognize this hour as a day of visitation
from the Lord.
Isaiah 49:8-10 8Thus says the LORD: In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you, To restore the land and allot the desolate heritages,
9Saying to the prisoners: Come out! To those in darkness: Show
yourselves! Along the ways they shall find pasture, on every bare height shall their pastures be.
10They shall not hunger or thirst, nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them; For he who pities them leads them and guides them beside springs of water.
2 Cor. 6:1-2 1Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says: "In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you."
Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
The same challenge, therefore, that faced the City of
Jerusalem in Our Lord's time faces the Earthly City of the world today.
Lk. 19:41-44 41As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,
42saying, "If this day you only knew what makes for peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes.
43For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
44They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."
All the more should we heed the perennial cry of St.
John the Baptist in this Great Jubilee year.
Mark 1:15 "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."