It is easy to categorise and be categorised. In many places in society the only way to get ahead is to sublimate yourself in the colours of the tribe.
But a true mark of faith and healthy personality is that you are ‘elusive’ to the box-carrying, label-making mechanisms of our world.
Jesus told a man, who was feeling an elusive breeze rustling through his straight-jacket religion, that:
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
There is something of this about Pope Francis and, as he prepares to visit the US, it has the American box cutters in a frenzy.
There is cause for hope in this archbishop of the slums.