In the gospel today it is easy to notice that there are two possible goals.
First we are told what to do "If you wish to enter into life,....
And for that all we are told is keep the commandments.
But then Jesus offers the rich young man the opportunity to be more ambitious.
Jesus tells the young man, "If you wish to be perfect,...
Which do we want to go for?
This gospel reminds us that we should not be content to squeak by. We should be ambitious. Our ambition should be to be saints. And we should settle for nothing less than being perfect.
For the rich young man what stood between him and perfection was his possessions. What stands in the way of your perfection. For each of us this is a very personal discernment.
Is it a need for stuff. Is it the need to be liked. Is it the need for professional success.
Take a moment to look deep inside and find your answer.