And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person 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 a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
I had to laugh when I read this and was reminded that the context of "all things are possible" was a rich person entering the kingdom of God. Many of us hear the phrase "all things are possible" and our minds imagine great masses being healed or some of other miraculous event. Yet the sobering context of Jesus' assertion was a wealthy man.. a man who had many possessions.. a man who chose his wealth over the kingdom of God.
Using hyperbolic language Jesus explains how hard it is for a rich man to accept the invitation to eternal life. Many of us can relate to the ways that things can so captivate our thinkings - even good things can distract us from the call of the kingdom. Even so, I love the way that Jesus indicates that even the most hardened amongst us.. the most materialistic.. the one we never thought would kneel in prayer.. may one day respond to God's invitation.
Lord, I lift my family and friends to you. Draw them to you and cause them to kneel.