“Sound the ram's horn all over the land. Sanctify the [fourteenth] year;
make it a holy year. Proclaim freedom all over the land to everyone who lives in it —
a Jubilee for you …” (Lev. 25:9-10a, The Message)
The concept of the Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon. In the Biblical Book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned to occur every fifty years, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest. In Christianity, the tradition dates to 1300, when Pope Boniface VIII convoked a holy year, following which ordinary jubilees have generally been celebrated every 25 or 50 years; with extraordinary jubilees in addition depending on need. Christian Jubilees, particularly in the Catholic tradition, generally involve pilgrimage to a sacred site, normally the city of Rome. The last Jubilee year was convoked in 2000 by Pope John Paul II. (Wikipedia)
We don’t have a pope, nor do we observe Yom Kippur. We’re not even half way to the fiftieth year of ministry as a church and yet, because of the God we serve, we’ve decided (in this 14th year of ministry) that we’re going to declare and celebrate 2011 as a Year of Jubilee!
This year of Jubilee will mean many things in the life and ministry of Imani MCC. One of the most important things it means is that, through faith, we are moving more fully into the freedom that is ours in Christ. We are opening to the presence of God (Love) in our lives in ways that not only transform us, but change those around us and our entire world. We expect greater things to happen in our lives and ministry in this Jubilee year.
In 2 Corinthians 3:17, the Apostle Paul tells us, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” This year it’s our intention to make a “pilgrimage” to a sacred site, that site is the center of our own being, that place where the Realm of God exists in us all. If you aren’t experiencing freedom in some part of your life won’t you join us? The ram’s horn is blowing and freedom (in every aspect of our lives) is our spiritual birthright and what we will experience together in 2011!