Living in West Linn the rich young ruler discourages me and gives me hope at the same time. I am with the disciples, "who then can be saved?" Jesus point is that it IS impossible to be saved unless God does it. That's true no matter how much money you have.
What going to Jerusalem will mean to the disciples is still hidden from them, even though Jesus could hardly be any clearer.
Jesus asked, again, "What do you want me to do for you?" He asks this all the time. How do I get so busy trying to do something for God. The rich young ruler asked, "What must I do?" This is the opposite of that. Jesus is doing the work. The blind man got saved and the rich young ruler didn't. Hmmm.