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Needle. Eye. Camel. What?

Camel-and-needle3Our challenging Gospels continue, and I think of the words of Jesus’ that we heard on Sunday.

We value wealth in our culture, financial security and building wealth are almost an obsession, and yet we fancy ourselves as religious people. Being rich in material wealth does not have to be an impediment to holiness, but it can be an impediment to relationship with God. Who or what are our idols? How do we identify them? How do we surrender to God in ways that shift our focus to God, and not our IRA account or our big house? Or, for those who have neither, their longing for such things? All of these desires are normal, yet how do we hold them in balance?

Today we hear some more challenging  words, but we also hear that with God, all things are possible. How do we cooperate with God, making the impossible, possible?

“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.”

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