(CNS News) – President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden shared an Easter video message on Sunday that talked a lot about COVID and a “moral obligation” to get vaccinated, but did not mention the words Jesus Christ.
Easter is, as the Encyclopedia Britannica explains, the “principal festival of the Christian church, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after His Crucifixion.” Easter is celebrated every year by the global Christian population, estimated at 2.54 billion people.
“Jill and I want to send you our warmest Easter greetings to you and your family,” says Biden in the video. “As we celebrate this most holy day, we know many are still going without familiar comforts of the season. The virus is not gone, and so many of us still feel the longing and loneliness of distance.”
“For a second year, most will be apart from their families, their friends, the full congregations that fill us with joy,” he says. “And yet, as the Gospel of John reminds us, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
“Businesses are recovering and more and more Americans are getting life-saving vaccines,” Jill Biden states in the video.
“We share the sentiments of Pope Francis, who said that getting vaccinated is a moral obligation, one that can save your life and the lives of others,” says Biden.
He continues, “By getting vaccinated and encouraging your congregations and your communities to get vaccinated, we not only can beat this virus, we can also hasten the day when we can celebrate the holidays together again.”
“This Easter, from our family to yours, we wish you health, hope, joy, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,” adds Biden. “Happy Easter, everyone. May the Lord bless you and keep you.”