In today’s Gospel, Jesus says it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. When Jesus lived, a camel was probably the largest animal that the Jews knew existed. The “eye of the needle” may be referring to the small gate in the city wall used by travelers when the large public gates were closed at night. We still see that today in the Holy Land. Those who have been with me there will remember the small door in the Church of the Nativity you have to bend over to enter because the large doors are normally closed.
A camel would need to kneel down and crawl through that opening In order to enter. Perhaps Jesus is telling us that unless we humbly kneel before the Lord, we will not find true happiness, peace and total security. For only God can satisfy our deepest need and longing.
The scriptures offer us this paradox: we lose what we keep and we gain what we give away. Jesus offers us a treasure which no money can buy and no thief can steal. In Cursillo we say that the thing we set our heart on is our true treasure. It’s where we spend most of our time, talent and treasure.
Where is your treasure ?
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.