Vatican, 06 January, 2023 / 8:01 pm (ACI Africa).
On the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis said that if the Magi had remained comfortable, they never would have encountered the Lord in Bethlehem.
In his homily for the Church’s celebration of the Three Kings on Jan. 6, the pope warned that today’s world is full of “tranquilizers of the soul” and “empty promises of pleasure.”
Francis said that from endless consumerism to “nonstop media controversies” and the “idolatry of fitness,” everything today “seems to tell us: ‘Don’t overthink things. Let go and enjoy life.”
“Often we try to soothe our hearts with creature comforts. ... If the Magi had done that, they would never have encountered the Lord,” he commented.
Pope Francis underlined that God, however, is found in “restless questioning” and seeking the answers to life’s bigger questions, such as: “Where do I find a love that does not fade away, a love that endures even in the face of frailty, failure, and betrayal? What hidden opportunities are present in the midst of my crises and my sufferings?”