Eye of the needle

Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges you are facing, remember to unload your concerns and kneel down to pray, like a camel passing through the eye of the needle.

Some say that the eye of the needle referred to by Jesus in today’s Gospel reading is a tiny gate that leads to a place where camels lay and rest:

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. — Matthew 19:23

In order to enter this tiny gate, this eye of the needle, a camel has to unload whatever it is carrying and to pass through it while kneeling.

As my income level was increased, I, somehow, became even more afraid of losing my job. My fear of not being able to feed my family was replaced with the fear of losing my job, our family’s source of income.

Because of my fear, I have been drowning in my concerns lately that I haven’t been able to spend time in prayer and pray wholeheartedly. I have always been in a hurry to finish my prayers and get back to work.

Somehow, I resonate with the person God is talking about. When you have many material concerns, it is indeed difficult to enter the kingdom of God.

But, Jesus is telling us to unload whatever we are carrying, such as our concerns and even our material possessions, so that we can enter into the kingdom of God, into His love, into His peace. So that we can rest in Him and remain in Him.

He is also telling us to kneel, to pray, to spend more time with Him, and to trust in Him more.

Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges you are facing, remember to unload your concerns and kneel down to pray.

 

P.S. Some also believe that the needle that Jesus was referring to was literally a needle. Still, Jesus tells us that “for God all things are possible.”


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