“Jill and I want to send you our warmest Easter greetings to you and your family. As we celebrate this most holy day, we know many are still going without familiar comforts of the season,” Biden announced in a video message with first lady Jill Biden on Easter Sunday.
“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. And yet, as the Gospel of John reminds us, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” he continued.
From our family to yours, we wish you health, hope, joy, and peace. Happy Easter, everyone! pic.twitter.com/3NHPrbFCVt
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 4, 2021
Easter is the holiest holiday for Christians and marks when Jesus resurrected from the dead.
Commenters on social media scrutinized the president for not mentioning Jesus’s name throughout his message. The couple did, though, say a variation of the word “vaccine” four times and “virus” twice.
Biden has often spoken regarding his Catholic faith, and he did mention Pope Francis and God in his short message.
“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. By getting vaccinated and encouraging your congregations and your communities to get vaccinated, we not only can beat this virus, we can also haste the day when we can celebrate the holidays together again,” he stated.
“This Easter, from our family to yours, we wish you health, hope, joy, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding,” Jill Biden continued.
Biden and his family spent the holiday weekend in Camp David, which attracted judgments considering he pushed the public to avoid gatherings.
"It's a limited group and certainly not the big Irish Biden clan that many of you have seen throughout the course of time in public office," White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted to reporters on Friday.
Though, at least the Bidens showed optimism.
"And yet as the Gospel of John reminds us, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it," the president said.
Jill Biden said: "The traditions of Holy Week take us on a journey from sorrow to salvation, reminding us that with faith, hope and love, anything is possible."