Jesus offers the rich young man an opportunity to take a different path in his life, to look at the journey of life with a different focus. Rather than seeing the journey to God as rules to be followed but more of a letting go into the hands of God. This means to let go of those things (riches, possessions, etc.) which we think will lead us to God but in reality keeps us focused on our self.
We are all in some way like this young man in the Gospel story. We all seek to draw closer to God. However, we hold on to thoughts, ideas, possessions that hinder us to follow the way of Jesus. May we be open to the challenge Jesus offers to the rich young man and to us to follow him. May we learn to let go of our possessions and open ourselves to the wonderful mystery that is God.