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Gospel for St. John of the Cross

Luke 14:25-33

Summary: Jesus emphasized the serious commitment required to be His disciple. He used stark language, stating one must prioritize Him above all relationships and even their own life. He illustrated this with analogies of a builder calculating costs and a king contemplating war, underscoring the importance of being prepared to surrender everything, including possessions, to follow Him.

The Cost of Discipleship

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’

Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.

In the same way, every one of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”

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