Tuesday of Week 20

Ezekiel 28:1-10; Deuteronomy 32:26-28,30,35-36; Matthew 19:23-30

'It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle' - there have been a lot of discussion about what that phrase might mean! One of the more popular relates to the presence of a small doorway through the walls of Jerusalem through which a camel might just be squeezed through, only after unburdening it of all its luggage, sale etc... the meaning of Jesus' words being alike to that from yesterdays' words to the rig young man - unburden yourself of all your possessions before you can be saved.

It is too comforting though, to try and understand the meaning of an enigmatic phrase from long ago. Instead we should perhaps focus on what Jesus is saying across three linked stories - the rich young man, the eye of the needle, and the union meeting that takes place in the town square when the labourers realise they have all been paid equally despite working different hours (tomorrows Gospel, Matthew 20:1-16). Sometimes the words of Jesus are hard, they are difficult, and do challenge us to change how we live.

Jesus never says that we must give up all our possesions to gain eternal life - but he does say that they will hold us back and make the journey harder. And he does give us that choice.

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