President Obama took a break from politics on Saturday to speak about his Christian faith, as millions around the world prepared to worship and celebrate on Easter Sunday.
“This weekend, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will join Christians around the world to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hopeful promise of Easter,” Obama said in his weekly address.
The president didn’t limit his remarks to the Christian faith. He also noted that Jewish families this week “gathered around the Seder table, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt and the triumph of faith over oppression.”
The president also said the values learned from spending “quiet moments in prayer and reflection” were common to people of all faiths.
“Of course, those values are at the heart not just of the Christian faith; but of all faiths,” Obama said. “From Judaism to Islam; Hinduism to Sikhism; there echoes a powerful call to serve our brothers and sisters. To keep in our hearts a deep and abiding compassion for all. And to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves.”
The president likened the common bond of those who share a faith to the tie that binds all citizens of the U.S.
“That’s the common humanity that binds us together,” he said. “And as Americans, we’re united by something else, too: faith in the ideals that lie at the heart of our founding; and the belief that, as part of something bigger than ourselves, we have a shared responsibility to look out for our fellow citizens.”
President Obama and his family don’t have any public scheduled events this weekend, but on Monday will host the White House Easter Egg Roll.