On October 9, 2005, five Mexican fisherman set out from San Blas, Mexico, to look for
sharks. Unfortunately, their 27-foot fiberglass boat developed motor problems and they
were left adrift. Two men jumped off the boat in an attempt to swim for safety and
drowned. The other three men, Jesus Vadaña, Lucio Rendon, and Salvador Ordoñez, did
their best to survive. And survive they did. They ate raw fish, sea gulls, and ducks if they
could snare them, and drank rainwater. There were stretches as long as fifteen days that
they went without food. They read their Bible every day.
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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.