In case you haven’t noticed, we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. Innumerable television episodes over the decades, several movies featuring the original TV cast, three more movies in recent years with a new cast—the latest movie in cinemas now.
All the tales revolve around the central, now-famous theme, “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Why bring all this up?
Because the Jubilee Year of Mercy is our opportunity to boldly go forth to “rediscover the deepness of the mercy of the Father,” as Pope Francis put it.
When Francis pushed open the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica to launch the Jubilee Year last December, he followed a rite of pilgrimage dating back centuries. An estimated 10 million faithful are expected to follow his lead and pass through the door during this Year of Mercy.
Most heartening, perhaps, is that God welcomes all who pass through the door. He “goes out to meet everyone personally,” Francis said, reminding us of the parable of the father who ran out of his house to meet his prodigal son when he saw him at a far distance.
Our prayer today: Help us move out of our comfort zone during this Holy Year, Heavenly Father, and boldly seek your welcoming mercy.