Matt 19:23-24 (eye of the needle)

17 Aug Matt 19:23-24 (eye of the needle)

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (archive, Facebook).

“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. 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.” Matt 19:23-24 (full readings)

Pat nuggets:
* Regarding today’s verse, Jesus goes on to say “For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” I discovered these insightful comments on today’s verse. First, “Jesus spoke in response to the rich man’s unwillingness to give up his worldly possessions; through the grace of God, he might be able to give up his attachment to them.” Second, “Jesus was referring to a certain gate in Jerusalem called Needle’s Eye. This entry-point was built like the eye of a needle and so low that a camel could pass only if it entered kneeling and unencumbered with baggage. The lesson would then be that an eternal inheritance awaits those who unburden themselves of sin, and in particular, the things of this world. Also, kneeling represents submission and humility, which are required…to enter into heaven.”
* An incredible video of God’s creation, with some nice praise lyrics: Creation.
* LIFE Runners updates: Marathons for ProLife blogsite and FB page.

Faith Challenge: What baggage is God calling you to shed today? Let’s reflect on this quote from Mother Theresa: “Live simply so others can simply live.”

Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion.
* Peters family (JP): Check out this inspiring TV story, SF dad running September marathon for his son and family.

Faith Quote: “It is impossible to be just to the Catholic Church. The moment men cease to pull against it they feel a tug towards it. The moment they cease to shout it down they begin to listen to it with pleasure. The moment they try to be fair to it they begin to be fond of it. But when that affection has passed a certain point it begins to take on the tragic and menacing grandeur of a great love affair.” GK Chesterton

Through Christ Our Lord,
Phil 4:13

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