In today's Gospel a man comes to Jesus and says he wants to follow him. Jesus challenges him to go beyond observance of the law and to make a serious commitment to God by giving up his riches and following him. This is too much for the man and he goes away sad. Jesus challenges the young man where he had least expected it, in his attachment to his wealth. Like many Jews of his time, he had thought that his wealth was a sign of blessing from God. Jesus' challenge to the man is twofold: First, he is to sell his possessions and give the money to the poor. Such a positive injunction surprises him. He was used to thinking of the law of God in negative terms "you shall not…" Now, he realizes that he must not only avoid doing bad things but take positive action. The second challenge is Jesus' invitation to come and follow him. The reason why he should sell his possessions is to be free to follow Jesus and to allow Jesus to give a new orientation to his life. One popular kind of expression in the language of the Jews is the use of an exaggerated image. The camel passing through the eye of a needle is such an exaggerated image. Everybody knows it is impossible. But this exaggeration contains a deep truth. It is impossible for a rich person who is attached to his wealth to be a real disciple of Jesus and enter his new way of life. It becomes possible only by God's grace!