There are a number of passages where Jesus is praying and his disciples can see him at prayer. Just as John's disciples asked to be taught how to pray, now Jesus' disciples want a lesson. The prayer he gives them is the one used in every church and every service since that time! We study it in our catechism. It is the center of most of our prayer life, as it covers so much of our needs! To some it may seem curious that we should be taught to pray. Don't we just start talking to God and give him our shopping list? Jesus' prayer covers more ground than just a list of things we want.
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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.