Wait. Christ is the Camel!

Or in a higher sense, it is easier for Christ to suffer for those who love Him, than for the lovers of this world to turn to Christ; for under the name of camel, He wished Himself to be understood, becaue He bore the burden of our weakness; and by the needle, He understands the prickings, that is, the pains of His Passion. By the eye of a needle, therefore, He means the straits of His Passion, by which He, as it were, deigned to mend the torn garments of our nature. — Saint Bede, Catena Aurea on Mark 10:17-27

This is what I love about reading the Catena Aurea along with the daily Gospel. Today’s reading, of course, is the rich lad wanting to know how to obtain eternal life. He has followed the letter of the Commandments, yet clearly is blinded by idolotry of wealth over truely recognizing Christ or what He is saying.

Then we read, in our family Halo, Saint Bede’s “higher sense.” All who prize any aspect of this flesh experience more than Christ have a harder time turning to Christ than Christ has suffering for those who love him. Oof.

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen. (Fatima Prayer)