The Penitent Pope – Matthew 9:9-13

Three years ago the first interview with Pope Francis was published in America Magazine and in that article the author asks Pope Francis, “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” and Pope Francis responds: “I am a sinner.”

Today’s homily on the call of Matthew the tax collector examines the reality of our human sinful nature and what it means to overcome that nature and respond to Christ’s command to “Love as I love.”

Fr. Michael tells the story of Pope Francis reflecting on an image of Matthew’s call and the way the artist depicts Jesus pointing and looking deeply into Matthew’s soul. It reminds Pope Francis of his own sinful nature and how hard it is to accept the love freely given by God.

Click play to listen and watch as the story of two sinful humans and their loving God unfolds two thousand years apart. Their openness to be loved—despite the shame of sin—is an example not to forget.

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