Washington- US President Barack Obama on Saturday offered
Easter and Passover greetings to millions of Americans, urging them to use this
time to reflect on the nation's common values.
"As Christians, my family and I remember the
incredible sacrifice Jesus made for each and every one of us - how he took on
the sins of the world and extended the gift of salvation," Obama said in
his weekly radio and internet address. "And we recommit ourselves to
following his example here on Earth."
The president noted that this week, Jewish families are
also gathered around the Seder table, commemorating Passover - the exodus of
Jews from Egypt and the triumph of their faith over oppression.
Obama said that common humanity bound all Americans
regardless of their faiths.
"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," he said.
The president said these religious celebrations also
offered Americans a chance to pause and reflect, to embrace their loved ones,
to give thanks for their blessings and "to rededicate ourselves to
interests larger than our own”.