Was the peak of my passion just before the open declaration of love
Yours is a work which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses.
On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of peoples to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation.
But there is another temptation which we must especially guard against: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners.
The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps.
Legislative activity is always based on care for the people.
To this you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you.
We know that in the attempt to be freed of the enemy without, we can be tempted to feed the enemy within.
To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place. Our response must instead be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice.
All of us are quite aware of, and deeply worried by, the disturbing social and political situation of the world today.
On the other, the figure of Moses leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being.