A young man approaches Christ and asks him what he can do to inherit eternal life. He is wealthy, has inherited many estates, is pious and approaches Christ on his knees, but has not realized that not everything is inherited.
He may have inherited real estate and securities, may have inherited family virtues, he may regularly go to his Synagogue, but he knows that something is missing and this something is not the Mosaic Law that he knows well and has always abided by.
He knows that what he’s missing is not among what he has already inherited or has already conquered.
He senses that the secret is held by Christ alone and is rushing to seek answers to his questions. But the Master’s response is far from his legacy. He asks him to leave the property to the poor and to follow Christ, not barefoot, but baring his cross. And the young man leaves frustrated because every thought involving loss of property and social appreciation is beyond his powers.
Suddenly, the supplies that he inherited from his parents, the ossessions and virtues, are no longer a necessity, but have become an obstacle in the way that Christ suggests to him in order to discover what his soul seeks.