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The end of the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy

21 Nov 2016, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Events

sacred-heartThe holy father, Pope Francis, declared the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy, which just ended yesterday ( 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016). It was a year of grace, a year of sober reflections on the mercy of God and our expected response to it. It was a period of great celebration in the Church, especially in the Archdiocese of Lagos, Nigeria, where thousands of Catholic faithful visited the Archdiocesan Cathedral weekly to pass through the door of mercy.

The extraordinary year of mercy may have ended, but the mercy of God endures forever. The Cathedral door of mercy may be closed, but the heart of  Jesus is still open for every believer to pass through. God did not begin to be merciful on the 8 of December 2015, neither did he stop been merciful on 20 of November 2016. The end of the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy does not mean the end of mercy; it rather means a challenge to let the year bear many fruits in our lives. It is a  challenge to continue to pass through the door of mercy, the heart of Jesus, which leads to a greater understanding of the mercy of God.

Mercy is not only God’s action; it is something we are all called to. As we, therefore, mark the end of the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy declared by Pope Francis, let us allow the everlasting love declared by God to reign in our hearts.

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