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Saturday, August 2, 1997

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St. Eusebius of Vercelli

Leviticus 25:1, 8-17
Psalm 67
Matthew 14:1-12

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the great jubilee

"This fiftieth year you shall make sacred by proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when every one of you shall return to his own property, every one to his own family estate." —Leviticus 25:10

The Lord promised His people a year of liberation, a jubilee year, every fifty years. On this year, slaves would be freed, debts forgiven, and land returned to its original owners. The whole nation would be liberated interiorly and exteriorly.

As wonderful as the jubilee year was intended to be, historically its promise was never fulfilled. After hundreds of years of anything but liberation, Jesus made an amazing announcement. He declared that the jubilee year which had never been fulfilled would be always fulfilled — not just every fifty years but every year (Lk 4:18-19).

Jesus would have to be God to fulfill such a promise. At first, it appears that Jesus did not deliver on His promise. Does the world look liberated? Are most people free from debt? Is land distributed justly? Are people freed from enslaving manipulation? Obviously, the world has not had one jubilee year — much less perpetual jubilee years. However, followers of Jesus are free from sin, self-hatred, self-deception, self- destruction, slavery, death, Satan, and damnation. They have graces even better than perpetual jubilee years, and this super-jubilee will last forever.

Jesus is God. If He sets us free, we are really free (Jn 8:36). In Christ, be free fully, now, and forever.

Prayer:  Father, prepare me, with the Pope and the entire Church, for the year 2000, the greatest of all jubilee years.

Promise:  "Do not deal unfairly, then; but stand in fear of your God. I, the Lord, am your God." —Lv 25:17

Praise:  Eusebius was exiled for six years because he insisted that the true faith could not be condemned without first giving it a complete hearing.

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our booklet, The Truth Will Set You Free.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 1, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 4, 1997