Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, “Then who can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said in reply, “Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.” Matthew 19:23-30
Eye of the Needle
Seeing so many without
and so few with so much
who ask for more each day
leaving so little for the rest,
we loudly cry out to God
to bring us to a blessing place.
We cannot see the invisible
the threads that pull and tug
yet we are woven together
no matter how we isolate
even when we dominate
we are bound to the least here.
The sacrifice of a very little
promises the gain of the world
giving for the sake of others
saves even the lowliest among us
the willingness to forgo comfort
brings comfort and joy to all.
We are woven in a tapestry
not of our making yet divine
a holy fabric, seamless and fine
hidden from our eyes yet throbbing
with the pulse of all who ache
with the love that will not end.