To mark the Great Jubilee year 2000, when Christians celebrated 2000 years since the birth of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the third millennium, the Bishops issued this pastoral letter.
This Pastoral Letter looks back to the biblical jubilee which was ‘an expression of Israel's faith. God's people were convinced that God alone is the Lord of creation - a God who cares, heals and forgives’. This is why the title of this Pastoral Letter is ‘Reconcile and Celebrate’. It is a special time for renewal and the rebuilding of all relationship, with God and our fellow human beings.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
At the beginning of this Great Jubilee Year 2000 we greet you all in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 'the same today as he was yesterday and as he will be forever" (Hebrew 13:8). May it be for all of you a year of abundant graces.
'The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us' (John 1,14).
With this letter we launch the celebrations of the jubilee Year 2000 in Zambia. We urge all of you, lay men and women, religious and priests, to make your own the challenging words of our Holy Father:
“Everyone is asked to do as much as possible to ensure that the great challenge of the Year 2000 is not overlooked, for this challenge involves a special grace of the Lord for the Church and for the whole of humanity." (John Paul 11, TMA 55)
We entrust our jubilee celebrations to Mary, the Mother of mercy. May she be the star guiding our steps into the new Millennium. With Mary, let us give praise to God the Father, in the Holy Spirit, for the gift of Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
25th January 2000The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul