When you prepare to go back packing you give special attention to how much stuff you put into your pack because you have to lift and carry everything you take along. The more stuff you pack, the harder your adventure will be. Think for a moment about your adventure called life, and in particular the adventure of your faith life. How much unneeded stuff do you have packed for this adventure?
Today’s gospel reading (Mark 10:17-31) might suggest that Jesus feels this rich man has too much extra stuff in his back pack to follow him and eventually enter the kingdom of God. Jesus’ answer is terse and often hard for us to take, or is Jesus simply saying, you’ve packed too much for this trip? Can you imagine how we pack too much stuff for the journey Jesus calls us to follow?