In The Red and the Black,French novelist, Stendhal, presented the main
character as a young Roman Catholic priest when the French church was decadent. The
young priest was so serious that he memorized the New Testament in Latin. Yet he was
lost for having no cause decent enough to serve. He found nothing within or outside of
the church that was worthy of his commitment.
Shortly before WWII, Louise Jones, who taught Stendhal's novels, learned of India's need
for teachers. She had the sense, "I must go." She would think about the pros and cons,
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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.