Pilgrimage 2000: Journeys of Justice and Peace into the Jubilee Holy Year
Meditations on the readings of the Roman Lectionary.
Fall Ordinary Time 1999 Print friendly version, the meditations from September 24, 1999 through November 27, 1999 on one page for easy printing or saving.
Advent - Christmas 1999-2000 Print friendly versions, the meditations from November 28, 1999 through January 2000 on one page for easy printing or saving.
The Conversion of St. Paul, January 25, 2000.
The Victory of Justice, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, annual Justpeace Christmas season letter, January 9, 2000
Today is born our Savior!, justice and peace meditations on the Four Masses of Christmas, December 24-25, 1999, the beginning of the Jubilee Holy Year 2000.
The Ark of Salvation, The Fourth Sunday and Week of Advent, December 19-23, 1999.
third Sunday and week
of Advent, December
12-18, 1999, St. Lucy,
St. John of the Cross.
With God, nothing is impossible,
Deeember 8-11, 1999, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the memorial of the Blessed Juan Diego
The Second Sunday of Advent, December 3 - 7, 1999, Sts. Nicholas and Ambrose
The future belongs to the poor, not the rich. November 29 - December 2, 1999, Maura Clarke and the Martyrs of El Salvador
First Sunday of Advent
November 28, 1999.
The beginning of the Year of Grace 2000.
Print friendly version, the meditations from September 24, 1999 through November 27, 1999 on one page for easy printing or saving.
Watchful, Faithful, Strong, November 24-27, 1999
Mysteries of the Reign, November 22-23, 1999, memorials of St. Cecilia and Miguel Agustin Pro
A celebration of Justice, Solemnity of Christ the King, November 21, 1999
What goes around, comes around, November 19-20, 1999
Resistence to tyranny is justice, November 12 -18, 1999
The essence of Wisdom, November 11, 1999, St. Martin of Tours
The stern judgment of God upon politicians and corporations, November 10, 1999, the memorial of St. Leo the Great.
Justice, servant leadership, metanoia, reconciliation, November 8-9, 1999, the Remembrance of Kristallnach and the opening of the Berlin Wall.
The wise and the foolish, November 7, 1999
You cannot serve God and Money, November 5-6, 1999
Solidarity, Judgment, Hospitality, November 3-4, 1999
All Saints and All Souls, November 1 - 2, 1999
Word, Incarnation, Cup, October 31, 1999
The gifts and call of God are irrevocable, October 29-30, 1999
Hope and zeal in a desperate cause, October 28, 1999, the feast of Sts. Jude and Simon the Zealot
The last will be first, October 27, 1999
Yeast, mustard seed, and the groaning of all Creation, October 26, 1999
The Spirit bears witness of the Jubilee, October 25, 1999
Where is our love for the poor? October 24, 1999
Signs of the Times, October 22-23, 1999
The wages of sin is death, October 21, 1999
Much will be demanded from those who have received much, October 20, 1999
Where sin increased, grace overflows, October 19, 1999
All the way to justice is justice, October 18, 1999
The Active and the Contemplative, October 15, 16, 17, 1999
The world is complex, grace is simple, October 14, 1999
There is no partiality with God, October 13, 1999
The Suppression of the Truth by Wickedness, October 12, 1999
Grace to you and peace! October 11, 1999
Invitation to a Feast, October 10, 1999
The Judgment of the Nations, October 9, 1999
Near is the Day of the Lord!, October 8, 1999
There will arise the Sun of Justice with its healing rays., Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7
Lord, teach us to pray., October 6
Nineveh Repents! Film at Eleven, October 5
Who is my neighbor? St. Francis of Assissi, October 4
The world will be saved by Beauty, Sunday, October 3, 1999
Delivering the oppressed and the oppressor from the hand of oppression, Guardian Angels, October 2
Justice is with the LORD! St. Therese of Lisieux, October 1
Being, Making, Doing, September 30
Angel is the name of their office, September 29th, Feast of Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels
Shall we destroy this village?, September 28th
With Faithfulness and Justice, September 27th, memorial of St. Vincent de Paul
Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you! September 26
Clueless Disciples & Walls of Fire September 25
Be not afraid! September 24
A Millennial Prayer
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The Jubilee bell is ringing, the cry of the widow and orphan calls all people to an examination of conscience, to repentance and redemption, reconciliation and rejoicing, healing and wholeness.
The signs of these times are troubling and yet promising, presenting us with hope and challenge. For many years, some have sown in furrows of injustice while others have planted seeds of peace and redemption. Our prayer of necessity is for wisdom and illumination, because once again we approach the banks of the river Jordan and we are asked to choose life or choose death. It's not a boring time to be alive.
We United Statesians are a very busy people. The idea of a Jubilee Holy Year is very foreign to us. The jubilee was a time to "proclaim liberty throughout the land, to all the inhabitants thereof," words of great power in a time when slavery was the norm. To proclaim this liberty in our day is to willingly and freely let go of the slaves we have accumulated, the injustices we commit. It's not an easy thing to do, and as in all journeys, companions are good to have. These meditations are to help us incorporate the living and multi-variegated realities of Holy Scripture and the holy men and women whose stories are recounted therein as companions on our journeys into the Jubilee Holy Year 2000.
Through prayer, meditation, and contemplation of these mysteries, coupled with orthopraxis -- which is righteous and just living (the more we practice it, the better we'll get at it) -- we hope to find the strength and illumination, prudence and wisdom, laughter and tears, that are necessary through God's grace to create the self-fulfilling prophecies of justice and peace in the millennium to come that are the necessary foundations of the civilization of life and love.
May God add His blessing to these readings of His Word.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam!
Archbishop Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, Oklahoma City
September 24, 1999, Friday of the 25th week of Ordinary Time
Mother of God,
help the helpless,
strengthen the fearful,
comfort the sorrowful,
bring justice to the poor and peace to all nations.