Today's Gospel gives us the very familiar story of "The Rich Young Man". Especially for those present at this Mass who were about to be confirmed, the young man gives a good example -- and then teaches us what else we must do. First, he runs up to Jesus, does him homage, and asks, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Undoubtedly, Jesus approved of this question and the desire of the young man to enter eternal life. All of us should be able to express that same desire: What must I do in order to be saved? Jesus answers by saying that keeping God's Commandments is the first step, but it cannot end there. We must continue to follow the Lord by taking up our cross daily. While the young man went away sad, I pray that we may take up that challenge and follow Jesus courageously every day of our lives.