Meaning of the Jubilee Year of mercy logo
The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto "Merciful like the Father" (taken from the Gospel of 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 (cfr Lk 6:37-38). The logo -the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik- presents a small theosummatheologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Song having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demostrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mistery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to describe the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love of the power to change one's life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ the new Adam, one's own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father. The scene is captured whithin the so called mandoria (the shape on and almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentring ovals, with colors progresively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity our of the night sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggest the impenatribility of the love of the Father who forgives all.