22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
22 Verse 22. Went away sorrowful] Men undergo great agony of mind
while they are in suspense between the love of the world and the
love of their souls. When the first absolutely predominates, then
they enjoy a factitious rest through a false peace: when the
latter has the upper hand, then they possess true tranquillity of
mind, through that peace of God that passeth knowledge.
He had great possessions.] And what were these in comparison of
peace of conscience, and mental rest? Besides, he had unequivocal
proof that these contributed nothing to his comfort, for he is now
miserable even while he possesses them! And so will every soul
be, who puts worldly goods in the place of the supreme God.
See on Mr 10:22.