By Lorene Hanley Duquin
Most people don't think in terms of Easter spirit. Yet the Easter season is a time that is filled with a spirit of joy and hope.
During the 50 days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, we proclaim and sing the word "alleluia," which means "Praise the Lord." We are reminded that Jesus has overcome death. We are given the assurance that our lives have meaning and purpose. And we have the promise of eternal life with Jesus in heaven.
Now that's something to celebrate. But there's even more!
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he promised his disciples they would never be alone, because he would send the Holy Spirit to guide them. Then he commissioned his followers to spread his message all over the world and make disciples of all people.
Ten days later, on Pentecost Sunday, the apostles heard a loud noise, and the Holy Spirit descended upon them in tongues of fire. When that happened, they received spiritual gifts that transformed their lives and gave them the power to touch the lives of others. They ran into the streets and began to tell people about Jesus. Each person in the crowd understood them in his or her own language. Thousands became believers that day.
So, Easter spirit is more than just experiencing joy and hope. It's also a special call to share the Easter message with others.
Good news is contagious. Here are ways you can spread the Good News this Easter season:
Lorene Hanley Duquin writes from New York.
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