"Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in
yourselves...." This passage is similar to Matthew 5:13, where Jesus tells his disciples --
and us -- to be "the salt of the earth." In Jesus' day, salt was valued highly. People didn't
try to avoid it, like so many of us must today. On the contrary, lacking refrigeration, they
salted most of their fish and meat heavily to preserve it. Salt which had lost its saltiness,
it's preservative power, became useless, good only to be put on a path or walkway to
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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.