Mark’s Gospel makes clear that what Jesus has to offer is life in the Kingdom of God. This is a gift. I cannot do anything to earn it. Nevertheless, it is a gift with “strings attached,” with expectations that God has of us. In giving this gift, God has acted in love. What He expects, in return, is that we live the life of love. The problem of riches is not the riches themselves. The problem of riches is the priority we give to them and how we pursue them. One thing must come first: our love of God.