The great Feast of Easter is very different from the Feast of Christmas. The baby, the Holy Family, the difficult early years for the young family are all themes we can easily understand and sympathise with. Easter is different: at Easter Jesus does what is completely outside our everyday experience. He rises from the dead and now lives anew in a way we cannot even begin to grasp. His physical resurrection from the dead is of course a miracle - the greatest of all miracles.
Every one of us is called by God to lead a holy life. This calling or vocation can come early or late, it can be hard to understand and harder still to follow. But it is God's personal plan for each of us and we are all required to ponder, to pray, and to pursue our vocations. Doing so is God's will and the source of our true happiness.
At the Feast of Pentecost we celebrate life in a special way. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the followers of the Risen and Ascended Christ. As we repeat in the Creed each week, this same Holy Spirit is: 'the Lord, the Giver of Life'. The early Christians received new life from God and because of this gift they were able to act and speak in ways they could not before.
Many times in recent months I have found myself thinking or writing about the Pope's great Letter at the dawn of the new millennium, Novo Millennio Ineunte. The Letter is so rich and so relevant to our times and concerns that I decided some time ago to launch a more in-depth focus on the Holy Father's words.