Monday greetings from Chicago, which is wrapped in fog this morning.
From yesterday's First Reading from Baruch:
"Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;
put on the splendor of glory from God forever . . .
. . . for God is leading Israel in joy
by the light of his glory,
with his mercy and justice for company."
On the eve of the Jubilee of Mercy, today is a day to announce that we've got company.
Mercy and justice are knocking at our doors.
Tomorrow, and over the next several days, doors will open all over the world, inviting believers and non-believers alike to pass through those doors and over those thresholds to join company with mercy and justice.
I have never, ever known a time in my life when mercy and justice were more keenly needed.
I have some concrete plans for the Jubilee of Mercy in my own life. If someone were to ask me what is the most important thing to do during the Jubilee, my answer would be a simple one: know Christ.
I turned to the General Directory for Catechesis this morning for inspiration and, in paragraph 34, I found it.
"Jesus Christ was the first and supreme evangelizer. He proclaimed the Kingdom of God, as the urgent and definitive intervention of God in history, and defined this proclamation 'the gospel,' that is, the Good News. To this Gospel, Jesus devoted his entire earthly life: he made known the joy of belonging to the Kingdom, its demands, its magan carta, the mysteries which it embraces, the life of fraternal charity of those who enter it and its future fulfillment."
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.