Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Eye of the Needle

“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 19:24

Every year, I don’t fully understand it, but either my children grow or their clothes shrink in the dryer because I am constantly changing the hem on their pants. Even with my reading glasses, it is getting more difficult to put the thread through that tiny slit in the needle to get started. I know, bigger needles, bigger eyes, but then it is more difficult to sew and make it look nice. So, I have grown fond of the “needle threader” with the flexible wire loop on the end that I can slip through the eye of the needle and pull the thread through easily. The cheapest item in the sewing department and yet I have found it the most helpful.

Jesus tells us that entering His kingdom will not be easy. He never said life would be easy. His way is simple but difficult, especially in today’s world. We have to go against the grain. We have to find the tiniest little loop holes and we have to make conscious efforts. We have to fit into the smallest spaces. We have to work hard at the most difficult tasks. Strive to pass.

-Jesus at My Side

Jesus gives us much to think about today. The eye of the needle, giving up brothers and sisters and mother and father, inheriting eternal life, the last shall be first. Figuring out all of these words and putting them into practice can be a monumental task but I believe He wants us to take things one step at a time meticulously working toward a full inheritance. Pull out something from all the Words today or from the life of St. Pius X or from his words “I was born poor, I lived poor, I will die poor” and work on one task at a time. In this world we will need all the help we can get to pass through the eye of a needle. Some days I know that eye is getting smaller and smaller for me. Pray for one another. Strive.

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