The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

Luke 14:25-33 is, well, a daunting passage. We encounter Jesus’ searing words about hating family–even our own lives. Some might read this as too much of a cross to bear, but perhaps we can read this as “a gracious invitation to count the cost…to sign up for discipleship, to take up the cross and follow him, down a narrow,  demanding, but adventuresome way that few want to go.”

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