The Rich Man

Mark 10:17-31 is a powerful story of Jesus challenging the rich man who asks his path to eternal life.  This is the most frightening, threatening story in all of scripture to the consumerist, materialist, capitalist values that dominate our secular worldview.  Money, possession and wealth have been a dominant means of measuring self in our world.  All the resultant aspects of wealth such as appearances, social status and even “breeding” and sophistication are most often linked and dependent upon economic status.  And here Jesus comes along and calls us to forsake it.