The Logo for the Year, which features Jesus -- the Good Shepherd -- taking "upon his shoulders the lost soul, demonstrates that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. "
The image, created by Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik, also shows one
of Jesus' eyes merged with the man's to show how "Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ."
The 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.
It is an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon His shoulders the lost soul, demonstrating that it is Christ's love that brings to completion the mystery of His incarnation culminating in redemption.
The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love that has the power to change one’s life. The scene is enclosed in a mandorla, an element typical of ancient and medieval iconography that recalls the coexistence of the two natures, divine and human, in Christ. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ Who carries humanity out of the darkness of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father Who forgives all.