for use with Common, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Lectionaries
This is the non-festival half of the Christian Year. It has been called a variety of names: "Ordinary time," "Season after Pentecost," "Kingdomtide," etc. Each Sunday stands on its own and the preacher has some freedom in selection of which passages to choose from for the sermon each Sunday. Some preachers follow a nine year cycle, preaching on the Gospel on one cycle, the Epistles another cycle, and the Old Testament lesson on the third cycle of using A, B, C years of the common Lectionary.
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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.