Some mornings, in reflecting on the scriptures for Mass that day, I will actually listen to them. I usually do this by visiting the U.S. Bishops’ website (www.usccb.org) and clicking on the “podcast” tab under the daily scriptures. I do this, because sometimes something will strike me when I actually hear the word, as opposed to simply reading it. This morning was no exception. While doing this, it occurred to me that there is a difference between CURIOSITY and DESIRE. Neither of them are bad in and of themselves, and the 2 are often connected. But there is a difference. In our readings for daily Mass these past few days, Jesus continues to appear to his followers. In each encounter, there are some common emotions. One of these is fear. Another is, perhaps, disappointment. But always—always—there is curiosity. In fact, he names it clearly today in his response to the apostles, when he says, “you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.” (from John 6:22-29). While they were focused on the physical feeding that he had done for them, there was also an ongoing curiosity over the things that were happening.
Are you still curious about Jesus? I know I am. What would it have been like in society during his time. What would it have been like to walk with him, listen to him, speak with him? Curiosity is a natural part of our faith, the teachings of our religion, and, most importantly, our personal relationship with Christ. While this is a part of our faith journey, however, it is our desire that hopefully continues to grow. Think about it like this. During life, we do, at times, grow weary of each other. We might even grow tired of each other or begin to take, even the people we love the most, for granted. Hopefully that never happens in our relationship with God. Hopefully we never forget that we never stop growing.