Vatican City, Sep 18, 2014 / 05:10 am
At daily Mass, Pope Francis drew from the Gospel reading of the woman who washed Christ's feet with her tears – noting God's tender response to those who have the humility to acknowledge their sin.
"...the ability to acknowledge our own sins, to acknowledge our misery, to acknowledge what we are and what we are capable of doing or have done is the very door that opens us to the Lord's caress, His forgiveness," the Pope said during his homily the morning of Sept. 18.
He reflected on the Gospel passage from the seventh chapter of Luke, recalling how Jesus was visiting the house of a prominent Pharisee – "a person of a certain level of culture."
Although the Pharisee "wanted to listen to Jesus" on an intellectual level, he is baffled by the contrite woman who approaches Christ and washes his feet with her tears.