Jesus in today’s Gospel is acting as a rabbi who can provide answers to people. The young man was sincere, he wanted more than observing the ten commandments "Teacher, he asks Jesus, of all these, (you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother), I have observed from my youth...what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Mark 10: 17-21
Jesus will see his sincerity. This young man was rich, perhaps he has worked hard, and perhaps he inherited legally a lot of properties. Jesus sees in him a person who is seeking perfection, something more than the ordinary. This young man has great potential. Jesus want him to be part of the people who know how to share like his apostles. He will tell him then to renounce his richness and give money to the poor and needy, after you do that "then come and follow me". Jesus may wanted to make form him the apostle number 13.
The Young man fell sad "At this statement his face fell, and he went away sad". Should I give up my possession to be a good person? Is it not enough that I did not steal, I did not make any fraud, I did not...?
The problem of this young man is not the good intention but listening to the wisdom of God. A good Christian is not a person who obeys the Ten Commandments, he is the one who put himself with love at the service of God and humanity.
The first reading from the Book of Wisdom says "I prayed, and prudence was given to me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing comparison with her" 7: 7-9
The Book to the Hebrews will give us the notion of how the word of God is the most important in life: "Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit" 4: 12
The disciples have left everything for Jesus. Peter feels saying
to Jesus: O.K this young man went sad, but what about us, "We have given
up everything and followed you". Mark 10: 27
Jesus will respond: "There is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come" 10: 28-31
John Henry Newman (1801-1890) commenting on this Gospel wrote: “Say
simply, Speak, Lord, for thy servant hearth; Lord what wilt thou have me
to do? Oh that we had more of this spirit! Oh that we lies before that
simple view of things, as to feel that one thing which lies before us is
to please God!”