They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” — Mark 10:26.
Some things never change. Jesus is talking about the difficulties of rich people entering Heaven, and his listeners wonder “who can be saved” if the rich can’t get in. They assume like we do today that wealth and possessions are the keys to happiness and the Kingdom of God. Yet Jesus teaches the paradox. The richer one is the more difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God.
Note Jesus says it is still possible for the rich to enter heaven, just more difficult. That is because wealth and possessions easily become our God. To avoid riches becoming our master we must remember that all things come from God, and we should use God’s gift for ourselves and our neighbors. The more we eliminate our attachment to wealth the greater joy and happiness we receive.