The Jubilee Year of Mercy will be inaugurated on 8 December 2015, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will run until 20 November 2016 which is the solemnity of Christ the King. Announcing the Jubilee of Mercy Pope Francis said:
Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the
Our faith is built on apparent contradictions or paradoxes and today we take leave of Christ in this liturgical year speaking of kingship, sovereignty, empire, majesty, might and power. The Gospel, however, shows Jesus about to take leave of the world looking very unlike a powerful king.
The story of the widow’s mite has been taught as the pattern of generosity and has given rise to the ‘mite boxes’ with which we all grew up. Jesus contrasts sharply the attitude and the demeanour of the widow and that of the scribes. A widow in Jesus time and culture was thought to be particularly vulnerable. There was no