How to pass through the eye of a needle

Father Bob’s homily last weekend…

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

“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.”   What a hard and challenging statement.  It is also one with a long history of interpretation as to what Jesus meant.  Some say it refers to a gate to the city of Jerusalem called the eye of the needle.  In order to get through, a camel would have to stoop to pass narrowly.  Tough, but possible.  Others say if you had a camel, why not choose a bigger gate?  Others claim that it is an Aramaic expression that when transposed into Greek becomes it is easier for a rope or cable to pass through the eye of a needle. Still impossible.  Finally, others point to the fact that other near Eastern societies expressed the impossible by saying…

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