Parsons joins Obama for prayer breakfast

“It was a meaningful gathering,” Parsons told the Presbyterian News Service, adding that Obama seemed “very real and natural talking about his faith.” Parsons also said it was helpful “to be reminded by a person of great power about the passion and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.”

Obama said he wanted to host the breakfast “because as busy as we are, as many tasks 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.”

In the drama of Holy Week, the president said, “we are reminded that … [Jesus] 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.”

That “magnificent grace,” Obama said, “calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray.”

In both his personal words with the president and in briefings held by White House officials after breakfast, Parsons said he raised the issue of immigration reform. “I reminded them of the Bible’s insistence on extending hospitality to the ‘resident aliens’ among us,” he said, “and of Christ’s call for compassion.”

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