It wasn’t the money Jesus was teaching about but the “grasping” the “holding on.” Immediately my mind goes to the kenosis described by Paul in the Philippians hymn: “Though he was in the form of God …” I have always been fascinated by the term used that is translated “grasped at” or “held on to” in Philippians 2:6: harpagmon – “a thing to be seized or greatly desired, a prize, a piece of good fortune”.
The fear of letting go whatever it is that I
genuinely prize in my heart of hearts. Truly, I must say that I do not know what that is. In Mark 10, Jesus knew what this was for the young man. I pray for this grace – that this will be revealed to me – what it is that I prize so greatly that it could keep me from embracing Jesus fully – and that it might cause me to turn away.
— read Mark 10:17-27
Source: Rector’s Blog