As soon as you mumble the word Jubilee at me I get the rest of the line from a Eden Burning track in my head. The whole line is: Jubilee good news for the poor, the acceptable year of The Lord.
The Jubilee year is the year at the end of seven cycles of shmita (Sabbatical years), and according to Biblical regulations had a special impact on the ownership and management of land in the Land of Israel.
“This fiftieth year is sacred—it is a time of freedom and of celebration when everyone will receive back their original property, and slaves will return home to their families. ”
(Would you look at that, quoting Leviticus and everything)
Jubilee really did mean good news for the poor, it was about relief from debt, freedom for slaves… Concepts I could really get behind this year (or any year for that matter).
I know that the Queen’s jubilee wasn’t anything to do with Biblical jubilee but what if it were? What if the Queen had come out onto the balcony of Buck Palace & forgiven the debts of countries or instructed David Cameron to forgive debt or free people. That would have been remarkable.
As it was we got Gary Barlow toadying up & getting an OBE for organising a concert & writing a song. 😦
Lightmoor had a wonderful community centred celebration event. Community groups had tables, local businesses sold stuff & everyone was invited. It was a great event.
Here’s a link to the photos, video & audio made on the day. The weekend after was a total washout for the official events. Our village event was a glorious day.