Family Faith Sharing Questions – Mark 10:17-30
A young man comes to Jesus asking what he should do to get to heaven. Jesus reminds him of the commandments but the man insists that there must be more. So Jesus tells him to sell everything he has, give the money to the poor, and to follow him. Then the young man goes away sad because he is rich and does not want to give that up. Jesus tells his disciples how hard it is for someone with a lot of material wealth to enter the kingdom of God. He says it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. So the disciples wonder how anyone can get to heaven, but Jesus tells them all things are pos-sible for God. When Peter reminds Jesus that they have given up everything to follow him, Jesus pro-mises them that anyone who does so will be richly rewarded.
In Jesus’ time, wealth was considered a sign of God’s favor. So the disciples are amazed to hear Jesus say it’s hard for a rich person to get into heaven. Jesus says ‘all things are possible for God.’ Can you think of something God did that seemed to be impossible? Sharing our material wealth with the poor is one way to ‘give’ something up to follow Jesus. What else can we ‘give up’ to be good disciples?