There is no greater gift than the gift of life. In the film Field of Dreams, the hero, Ray Kinsella goes on a quest to find the meaning of life through relationships that revolve around the game of baseball. One of those he meets along the way is a ballplayer-turned-doctor, named Archie "Moonlight" Graham. Graham's baseball claim to fame is that he played one half of an inning for the New York Giants in 1905. As the two men discuss Moonlight's abbreviated baseball career, Ray asks if he has any regrets about leaving baseball, having played for only five minutes, to become a doctor.
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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.