Aren't we like Peter in some ways? We have to have Jesus' parables explained to us. That
is one reason we come to church.
Maybe something in our background, our family traditions make it harder to understand.
Just one example might be pork, which Jews aren't supposed to eat. And we might have a rule
against putting any wine in our mouth (except for communion) -- even though our Lord drank it
at the Last Supper. (I had one pastor tell me that Jesus really drank grape juice.)
This passage is also including, not only food, but also thoughts which could be evil. That
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Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.
The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.
"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.