Long live God!

Publish date 23-09-2020

by Giuseppe Pollano

Mary, in the first part of the Magnificat, forcefully proclaims the truth about God, cries out: "Holy is his name" (Lk 1,49b). When we meet people who ask us why we are believers, it is preferable to substitute reasoning that we are happy with God, because the truth of life is more important than philosophical truth: today I am particularly happy because God exists, because I have prayed well, because I see the work of God.

The aspect of the contentment of God's priority that emerges in the Magnificat becomes existence, life, concreteness. Mary looks at God and is happy, she thinks about the Incarnation, but immediately projects herself to all the historical and social good that will come from it. He goes to Elisabetta to put himself at service. A stupendous horizon bursts out in her, extended to the whole history healed by God.

There is an apparent contrast between the first and second parts of the Magnificat, because the first is all in a dialogue that transcends, the other enters into human situations. It is a direct consequence because when we say mystic we say that God is in us, but also that God is among us, it makes us feel that we are together far beyond our attitudes, elective affinities and sympathies. We can really speak of a historical mysticism, a social mysticism, a political mysticism, an economic mysticism because all relationships between us men can be animated by love. If they are not, interpersonal relationships become dramatic and very soon inhumane.

from meetings at the Arsenal of Peace

Don Giuseppe Pollano
NP June / July 2020


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