(CNN) – Members of the world’s religions are bound by a common belief in serving others, President Barack Obama affirmed in a politics-free weekly address on Saturday.
Describing his own family’s celebration of Easter, Obama said the holiest day on the Christian calendar was an opportunity to “recommit ourselves to following His example here on Earth.”
“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 other religions shared a similar commitment to helping people.
“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,” Obama said.
Easter and Passover are opportunities for Americans to suspend their daily lives and contemplate the important things in life, he concluded.
“This weekend, I hope we’re all able to take a moment to pause and reflect” Obama said. “To embrace our loved ones. To give thanks for our blessings. To rededicate ourselves to interests larger than our own.”