Renouncing Our Possessions?

Feast of St. John of the Cross

“Every one of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” – ¬†Luke 14:33

In the Gospel for the Mass of the feast of St. John of the Cross, Jesus is explaining to the crowds that they need to realize that there is a kind of cost to being a disciple. They need to know this. Jesus compares this to someone who decides to build a tower without seeing if that person has the resources to finish the job. Or, a king who needs to determine ahead of time if he can defeat another king in battle or not. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Jesus gives the crowds that line about renouncing their possessions. Somehow, Jesus is saying, this renouncing is at least one “cost” that any disciple must expect to pay.

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