15th Sunday after Trinity 8.9.13 Luke 14: 25-33

23 08 2013

Looking Forward and Giving Up

Jesus is stirring the pot all the time.  His eyes are set on the future, where we no longer need to cling to things.

Luke 14. 25-33

Now large crowds were travelling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, 26‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” 31Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. 33So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.


To help give shape to the reflection here are three types of question: head questions, heart questions and hand questions. They are about our intellectual response, our emotional response and our practical or behavioural response. I hope that you will want to work at all three levels.

Head Questions

  1. Jesus used the word ‘hate’.  What does he mean?
  2. How does what he says about himself relate to the instruction ‘to love your neighbour as yourself’?
  3. How does the story about building a tower connect with carrying a cross?

Heart Questions

  1. What feelings does the word ‘hate’ arouse in you?
  2. Can you imagine standing next to a half-built tower with no cash left?
  3. How attached are you to your possessions?

Hand Questions

  1. What does this passage imply about the way you relate to your close family members?
  2. What does faithful planning look like in the light of this passage?
  3. Are there any possessions you can now, practically or even publicly, renounce?


These questions are intended to challenge you to engage more closely with the passage and to hear and feel what it has to say to you. That’s more than a five-minute task. And so is the follow-up, working out what you might want to say to others as a result of engaging with the passage with head, heart and hands. Take your time.




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6 09 2013
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