Yesterday’s Gospel of the sinful woman washing Christ’s feet with her tears (Luke 7:36-50) is one which many people would probably not associate with Mother Teresa. Who could think of her as a sinful woman? And yet, I am sure Mother Teresa herself made that association. It is said that she went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation weekly – which makes us think, what could she possibly have to confess?
But the closer one gets to God and to pursuing a life of holiness, the more one realizes their own unworthiness. It’s the small things which suddenly loom large in our lives: did I offend a friend unknowingly? Did I curtail the working of the Holy Spirit by my attitude? Did I shut out a stranger? Did I waste part of my day in useless pursuits?
There are so many ways in which we sin, and so many ways Christ wants to forgive us! And such beauty is found in that forgiveness, for as Jesus taught us: one who is forgiven much, loves much. Can we, like the sinful woman of the Gospel and like Bl. Mother Teresa, lavish that love on our Lord and Savior? Can we kneel at His feet, wash Him with our charitable deeds, and anoint Him with the oil of gladness?
If we are striving to be saints, then we need to take advantage of that Sacrament of Mercy, and hear the words which Jesus speaks to us: "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
Bl. Mother Teresa, pray for us!