A Year of Mercy
I'm writing because the phrase "Holy Year of Mercy" caught my attention. One year of mercy. It's not without biblical support - remember the Jubilee year from the Torah (Leviticus 25)? A year when land returned to its original owners and slaves were to be released. It's not known whether the Israelites ever observed a Jubilee year, but the idea was so radical when I read it that I remembered it.
A jubilee year is radical. A year of mercy is radical. And yet, when I think about Jesus, I wonder if he would say, "A year? Only a year? I call you to limitless mercy, as you have received from the Father." Just as forgiveness is not limited to 7 times, but is limitless (as 70 x 7 would suggest), shouldn't mercy be the same? Aren't we glad that God has not limited God's forgiveness or mercy?
A year? Probably not good enough.
Note on photo: We were walking on the marsh walk in Murrel's Inlet when we spotted this fellow. I was so glad that I was able to get a picture of him (her? who can tell?)