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08 December 2015 – 20 November 2016


Motto:   Merciful like the Father (Luke 6:36)

serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cf. Lk 6:37-38).

Logo:   represents an image very dear to the early Church, i.e. the love of Christ who brings the mystery of his incarnation to fulfilment with the redemption.

On one level this is the Good Samaritan who lifts up and cares for the wounded victim.

But this is also Jesus, the marks of his wounds clearly visible; the Good Shepherd who lifts up the wounded sheep, who lifts up the wounded Adam – battered and bruised and broken, unable to lift himself up and whom no one else was able to rescue, to save, to heal.

The official explanation of the logo:-

The Good Shepherd touches humanity’s flesh so deeply and with such love as to bring about a radical change. Having raised humanity onto his shoulders in a gesture which demonstrates extreme mercy, the eyes of the Good Shepherd and those of Adam become united so that Christ sees through the eyes of Adam and Adam sees through the eyes of Christ.

Every man and woman thus discovers in Christ, the new Adam. We discover our true humanity and the future to come, contemplating in the eyes of Christ the Father’s love.

And throughout this Year of Mercy we’ll need to come back again and again to this image of the Father’s love and mercy.   This is the official logo of the Jubilee Year.

In the Diocese of Oudtshoorn we have put the logo into a frame which both enhances and contrasts the central logo.   It is a poster within a poster, one turning in and one going out.  

There are contrasting colours.   Blue is the colour of safety and security, suggesting the sky or the firmament.   We have a great God, a rock, constant, giving, loving, steady, not swayed by emotion, not tossed about.   Our God is the Source of Inner Peace and we who are wounded and in need of Mercy allow ourselves to be carried by Jesus.

Red symbolises going out.   It is the colour of life, blood, love, Holy Spirit, martyrdom.    We take the Mercy we have received into the outside world, the place of activity, of carrying out the Works of Mercy based on Matthew 25.

So the Jubilee Year is both a turning in and a going out, a receiving mercy and giving mercy, contemplation and action.   With Jesus, we become the Face of God’s Mercy in the world.


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