Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
As soon as I read the Gospel for today, the image that came to mind was that of scene in a short drama I witnessed at one of the annual formation of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal back when I was at school. It involved a young lady who needed to reach the other side of a door but was unable to because she was carrying luggage that would just not fit through the doorway.
The intention was to reach the other side but an unwillingness to let go of anything made this feat impossible to attain. That is the kind of comparison Jesus makes by referring to the rich in the text above. People who have learnt to be dependent on particular items or traits for a long time find it difficult to part with them and tread along an different course.
That dependence on what they have and the belief that it is the only thing that can be of help to them in every endeavour is the reason letting go is so difficult. The key to effectively following the Lord is not to ‘literally become poor’, but learning to let go of those things in which we place our trust and trusting in the the Lord.
We cannot share our trust equally between any two things: it has to be absolute dependence on God’s providence. This is a typical action potential principle all or nothing: and this is critical because even the slightest load will make it impossible to enter that narrow door.
Remember # to get through, you have to let go.