"Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Entering the Kingdom of God

        Today's Gospel reading is taken from Matthew 19.  Jesus said to his disciples, "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."  The "eye of a needle" has been interpreted as a gate in Jerusalem, which opened after the main gate was closed at night. A camel could pass through this smaller gate if it was stooped and had its baggage removed.  While the road to hell is wide and downhill, the road to heaven is narrow and steep.  To get through that eye of a needle, we'll have to detach ourselves from our material things as well as dropping our spiritual baggage consisting of pride, greed, envy, etc.   

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