Camels, needles, and snark?

Sunday's Gospel (Mark) is a conversation.  Between Jesus and a rich young man.  Because it ends with the famous "easier-for-a-camel-to-go-through-the-eye-of-a-needle" line, it's easy to hear it as Jesus' snarky dismissal of the rich. 

But that's not what this is about.  This is a real question, from a real person.  The young man knows there's something more, something he's missing.  And Jesus' answer goes right to the heart of it.  To what's come between the young man and God. 

He knows Jesus is right.  And he can't let go, not by himself.  The young man is so close.  But he just can't bring himself to reach out to the One who can help him. 

And when he walks away from Jesus, it's one of the saddest moments in the Gospels. 

More on this tomorrow.  Readings for Sunday