Yesterday’s Pope Francis homily was headlined in a few places suggesting that curiosity is bad. I thought that a curious thing, so I went a little deeper. Sometimes curiosity is a locus for confusion:
Curiosity impels us to want to feel that the Lord is here or rather there, or leads us to say: “But I know a visionary, who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady.”
But, look, Our Lady is the Mother of everyone! And she loves all of us. She is not a postmaster, sending messages every day. Such responses to these situations distance us from the Gospel, from the Holy Spirit, from peace and wisdom, from the glory of God, from the beauty of God. Jesus says that the Kingdom of God does not come in a way that attracts attention: it comes by wisdom. “The Kingdom of God is among you,” said Jesus, and it is this action of the Holy Spirit, which gives us wisdom and peace.
Later on, the Holy Father advised not to seek strange things, novelties, and such. As a person of natural curiosity, I have to check myself on this point. First, the various apparitions and rumors of apparitions have no appeal to me. But it’s good that I have to check my inclination to play elder know-it-all brother to people who hang on to those messages.
The core Christian approach is to stay close to the Gospel. Maybe too much reliance on derivative books, even the Catechism, may be symptomatic of the human tendency to look for what “attracts attention.” If the Kingdom is among us, indeed we won’t have to travel very far to get to it.