Pope: the spirit of curiosity distances one from God
(Vatican Radio) The spirit of curiosity generates confusion and distances a person
from the Spirit of wisdom, which brings peace, said Pope Francis in his homily during
Thursday morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta.
The Pope began his homily by commenting
on the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, which describes “the state of the soul
of the spiritual man and woman”, of true Christians, who live “in the wisdom of the
Holy Spirit. And this wisdom carries them forward with this intelligent, holy, single,
manifold and subtle spirit”.
“This is journeying in life with this spirit:
the spirit of God, which helps us to judge, to make decisions according to the heart
of God. And this spirit gives us peace, always! It is the spirit of peace, the spirit
of love, the spirit of fraternity. And holiness is exactly this. That which God asked
of Abraham—‘Walk in my presence and be irreproachable’—is this: this peace. To follow
the movement of the Spirit of God and of this wisdom. And the man and woman who walk
this path, we can say they are wise men and women… because they follow the movement
of God’s patience.”
In the Gospel, the Pope underlined, “we find ourselves
before another spirit, contrary to the wisdom of God: the spirit of curiosity”.
when we want to be the masters of the projects of God, of the future, of things, to
know everything, to have everything in hand… the Pharisees asked Jesus, ‘When will
the Kingdom of God come?’ Curious! They wanted to know the date, the day… The spirit
of curiosity distances us from the Spirit of wisdom because all that interests us
is the details, the news, the little stories of the day. Oh, how will this come about?
It is the how: it is the spirit of the how! And the spirit of curiosity is not a good
spirit. It is the spirit of dispersion, of distancing oneself from God, the spirit
of talking too much. And Jesus also tells us something interesting: this spirit of
curiosity, which is worldly, leads us to confusion.”
Curiosity, the Pope continued,
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”.
And the Pope commented: “But, look, Our Lady is the Mother of everyone! And she loves
all of us. She is not a postmaster, sending messages every day.”
to these situations, he affirmed, “distance us from the Gospel, from the Holy Spirit,
from peace and wisdom, from the glory of God, from the beauty of God.”
says that the Kingdom of God does not come in a way that attracts attention: it comes
“ ‘The Kingdom of God is among you,’ said Jesus, and it is this
action of the Holy Spirit, which gives us wisdom and peace. The Kingdom of God does
not come in (a state of) confusion, just as God did not speak to the prophet Elijah
in the wind, in the storm (but) he spoke in the soft breeze, the breeze of wisdom.”
Teresa of the Child Jesus would say that she had always to stop herself before the
spirit of curiosity," he said. "When she spoke with another sister and this sister
was telling a story about the family, about people, sometimes the subject would change,
and she would want to know the end of the story. But she felt that this was not the
spirit of God, because it was a spirit of dispersion, of curiosity.
of God is among us: do not seek strange things, do not seek novelties with this worldly
curiosity. Let us allow the Spirit to lead us forward in that wisdom, which is like
a soft breeze," he said. "This is the Spirit of the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus
speaks. So be it.”