This is entirely appropriate. The gospel itself is about new beginnings — repentance and forgiveness, baptism and being born again, our weekly recommitment to the Savior in the sacrament of the Lord's supper. We've just celebrated one of the two greatest Christian holidays, which commemorates a pivotal birth that, among many other things, launched an entirely new era of the calendar. The other great holiday celebrates atonement and resurrection to new life.
For this column, I have in mind another new beginning — the rebirth of divine revelation after very nearly 14 centuries of apparent silence.