ABC News' Ann Compton and Sunlen Miller reports:
Noting that in the “middle of critical national debates, in the middle of our busy lives” it is important to keep things in “perspective,” President Obama held an Easter Prayer breakfast this morning in the East Room of the White House.
“As busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection — something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective."
The president joked that in the “hustle and bustle” as the “inbox keeps accumulating,” The Holy Week is a reminder of so much.
“The triumph of Palm Sunday. The humility of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross. And we’re reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world — past, present and future — and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection.”
President Obama was joined by faith leaders, members of congress, administration officials, and members of the community including Al Sharpton, Cardinal McKerrick, and Episcopal Bishop of Washington.
Congressman Mike McIntyre ( D- NC) was in the audience and President Obama briefly mentioned the storms that ravaged his state this past weekend nothing that his “thoughts and prayers are with all the families who have been affected down there.”
“This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this “Amazing Grace” calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short. It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son — his Son and our Savior.
The visiting bishop delivered her opening prayer from an iPad which delighted the president.
-Ann Compton and Sunlen Miller