Of Camels and Needles

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In the first reading today, we hear about the dangers of accumulating wealth. Now, being wealthy is not of itself a bad thing. It is what can happen spiritually that becomes a danger. This theme plays out in the next reading as well.

Our Gospel reading today is from Matthew 19. It is a continuation of what we read yesterday about Jesus’ encounter with the rich young man. Today we hear those famous words of Jesus, “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 heaven.” Now, a camel could never pass through the eye of a needle. So does this mean it is impossible for someone who has a lot of money and possessions to get to heaven? We must read on to get the full context and the answer.

“For men, this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Ah…there’s the catch. A human on their own cannot enter the Kingdom. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. But with the help of God, anyone may enter! As far as the riches part goes, if God is guiding one with great riches, then those riches will be used as a tool to help further the Kingdom of God. So, here’s the equation: Without God = Fuggedaboutit! With God = All things are possible!

Father, teach us to rely on you for everything. Help us to be good stewards of all that You have given us, that we may use all we have to further the Kingdom of God. Amen.

Today's Readings

Please pray for Gus and his fellow pilgrims as they walk the Camino de Santiago. He'll be sharing his journey on Seize the Day.


  • Ron padilla: August 22, 2018

    Thank you for everything you do. I listen to you everyday and on Saturday and Sunday I listen to the on demand programs from during the week. You are an inspiration to me and your the source god sent me to learn more about my beautiful faith and journey to get closer to God

  • Barbara: August 22, 2018

    I really like your program. It is so positive & upbeat. Today I heard the 69 year old woman whose life was changed by going to Adoration. I wish I could be in touch with her. It was such a rich testimonial. Hearing what we love about our Catholic faith was refreshing. I woke up in a bad mood due to some circumstances I live with. This woman and your program uplifted me. Only in God is my soul at rest.
    I too will be on a 5 week trek on the Camino starting Sept 20th. I will pray the entire time. Thank you for your service.

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