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. (Mark 10:25)
One school of interpretation has it that the “eye of the needle” to which our Lord refers in this simile is a very low gate in the ancient wall of Jerusalem, the only gate that was kept open at night. An armed guard would stand watch at this gate. He would allow a mounted man through, provided the rider identified himself as a citizen or a friend. To pass through the low gate, however, his camel would have to kneel down and crawl.
Apparently, this nighttime gate may sometimes have been called “the eye of the needle.” Thus, the Lord Jesus’ audience could have thought of a kneeling, crawling camel, humbly bowing low to enter the city, when they heard His simile about the rich entering the kingdom of God.
We are sitting at our gate, watching the sun come up, wishing we could start the pilgrimage all over again. There are many things to report…
Before most of you dear readers went to bed on Sunday evening–after the glorious victory–we were already in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher.
We celebrated Holy Mass in the tomb of Christ itself, receiving the Lord’s Body and Blood in the very place where He rose from the dead.
…I neglected to mention earlier that some of us enjoyed camel rides by the Dead Sea…
…We visited the Mount of Olives:
At the top of it, the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven. On the slope of it, He taught His disciples the Our Father. He descended it on a donkey on Palm Sunday–we walked down the ancient pathway that He used.
At the bottom we prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
…We made the Way of the Cross right where the Lord Jesus made it…
…We visited the Pools of Bethesda. The Blessed Mother was born nearby, in the home of Joachim and Anne, near the Sheep Gate of the ancient wall of Jerusalem, near the Temple.
…Schema, people: I have much more to tell. But it will have to await the gracious period of denouement after a holy pilgrimage.
We will board our flight home shortly. See you back in the homeland.
For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. Mark 10:27
To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
The wise man knows that the peace of God surpasses all human understanding. The wise man knows that we find our peace in doing His will. God’s plan is perfect. God hears our prayers and answers them in the way that is best for us.
“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.”
Many things are impossible for us human beings–like remembering all your computer passwords, understanding the tax code, or making pancakes that have fewer calories than celery.
Above all, the thing that is most impossible for us is to find true, lasting happiness in this world.