“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle, than for a rich man to enter heaven.” Matthew 19:24.
Some people say Jesus was referring to the Needle Gate, a very low and after hours entrance found in the wall surrounding Jerusalem. It was made very low for security reasons, and a camel could only get through by stripping off its saddles and baggage, with the help of someone I might add.
Every year, the Church invites us to let go, to strip ourselves of what is not important in our lives. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, and was tempted by the devil before He began His public ministry. Since each journey is so personal and unique, let us ponder what Jesus is asking of us this Lent? A good sacramental confession is a very good start. The best way to unload “baggage.” Quiet time with the Lord, listening in prayer, another good practice.