Monday, January 15, 2007

The Rich Young Ruler and the Eye of the Needle

Answer to a question I have been struggling with for twelve years: Given what Jesus said in Luke 18:22, does this not mean that the rich are barred from entering heaven?

"To sum up: it is possible to be rich, and married, and held in honour by all men, and yet keep the Commandments and to enter heaven. Christ's advice is, if we would make sure of everlasting life and desire to conform ourselves perfectly to the Divine will, that we should sell our possessions and give the proceeds to others who are in need, that we should live a life of chastity for the Gospel's sake, and, finally, should not seek honours or commands, but place ourselves under obedience."
- Evangelical Counsels, Catholic Encyclopedia

So one way is fine, but the other is better.

Reading the Catechism lead me to this answer. As I continue reading, I look forward to more insights like this one.


At 1/15/2007 6:50 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the way I know it:
The city was walled. One passage was paricularly narrow and low, therefore it was known as 'the eye of the needle'.
It was impossible to ride trough. The rich had to alight off their camels and enter the city on foot like the commoners.

At 1/15/2007 7:01 p.m., Blogger Jonathan said...

Anon - intriguing!


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