Once there was a cave that lived in darkness underground, as you would expect a cave to
do. It ventured forth and met some sunshine. The sunshine said, "Come out of your
darkness into the light." The cave responded: "But all is darkness." Finally, the cave left
its darkness and was surprised by the light. The cave then invited the sunshine to see the
darkness. One day, the sunshine accepted the invitation and entered the cave. "Where is
the darkness?" And the darkness was gone.
What a glorious truth! Jesus, the light of the world, dispels all darkness. May the 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.