Mercy, Mercy Me, It’s Jubilee!

Did you know that Pope Francis announced a special Jubilee on the theme of mercy from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016? I didn’t. Probably because I’m not Catholic. (Truth be told, I’m not even Christian.)

Do you even know what a Jubilee is? Again, I didn’t. But it’s actually kind of a big deal. It’s discussed in the bible, in Leviticus 25:8-13. Historically, it’s a special year of remissions of sins, and a time when debts would be forgiven and people would be freed from slavery and prisons. It’s also a time when the land is to revert back to its original owners. (Watch out, major corporations!) It’s supposed to happen every 50 years.

I could sure use a jubilee. No doubt most of us could.

It never fails to amuse me when fundamentalists cherry pick the Bible. If all of it is incontrovertible truth, then I expect every one of you to write off all debts and give up your property to the peasants. Right now. That’s an order from on high.

shofar
[Image credit: shemitah-blood-moons.net
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9 thoughts on “Mercy, Mercy Me, It’s Jubilee!

  1. lyn sutton

    Does that mean the Vatican will be giving back their land and forgiving all debts owed to the church? And do the benefits apply to non Catholics as well? And are they saying that incurring a debt is a sin that requires mercy? Sorry…I get so confused by the rules of religions. :}

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