The resurrection of Jesus, who died so that all people might live, shows the world that he triumphed over sin and death. By rising from the dead, he freed all people from their sins, so that they could have rich and full lives now on earth and through eternity with God in heaven.
Easter is the major season of celebration during the Christian church year. It is a time for special emphasis on Holy Communion, as we receive the body and blood of Christ, sharing the miracle of new birth through him.
The last day of the Easter season is Pentecost. Today, in many Christian churches, the color for Pentecost is red; however, in older English traditions, the traditional color for Pentecost, or 'Whitsunday', is white.
On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit arrives to be with us, and that Spirit sends a fresh wave of joy. On that day, the question of 'now what?' is answered with fire - go tell the Good News, heal, teach, serve, and love! The Holy Spirit will bring the results.
This Easter season, may you find you the joy of the Resurrection, and may you have a deeper communion with God and with your neighbors.