23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time C: Gospel

Luke 14:25-33

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,
   anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
   cannot be my disciple.”