There is a vast difference between divine and human sorrow. True contrition occurs when God turns and looks upon us. Human sorrow is us turning and looking upon ourselves. True, there is nothing wrong in turning and looking at oneself – only there is a danger. We can miss the most authentic experience of life in the imitation. For genuine repentance consists of feeling deeply our human helplessness, of knowing how God comes to us when we are completely broken.

Source: Bread and Wine

What we need, writes Rachel Pieh Jones, is the Jesus who knelt in dirt, mixed it with saliva, and spread it on a blind man’s face.