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From Vincent Stoessel <>
Date Wed, 25 Dec 2002 06:32:26 GMT
Micael wrote:
> To everyone:
> I am not of the Christian faith, so I do not join in the "Christ" in 
> "Christmas," but do have my own faith which also celebrates this time of 
> year, and I wish you all the best of Holidays.  Jerusalem turned out to 
> be the hub of many major world religions, and so did this time of year.  
> Following Thanksgiving and the season of gratitude, this time of year is 
> especially good to take stock, and then to start the New Year with new 
> growth and new hope.
> I don't know if you have heard this before, but I like the explanation 
> of what the "eye of the needle" was when Jesus made the comparison 
> between a camel going through the eye of the needle and a rich man going 
> to heaven.  The gates of towns in those regions and East were open in 
> the day and closed at night.  In the gate itself was another thin and 
> short gate, which was called "the eye of the needle".  For a camel to 
> get through the smaller gate, the camel had to disgorge its baggage, 
> load, etc. and then to get on its knees.  Thus, the whole point is not 
> that redemption is impossible, but that redemption is impossible without 
> humility.  I think that will be my goal this year: to become truly 
> humble, which I am, whether I realize it or not.
> Cheers,
> Micael

Amen, from the agnostic. Enjoy the Time everyone!

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