Gospel Reading (Luke 14:25-33)

(None of you can be my disciples unless he gives up all his possessions.)

Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way

and he turned and spoke to them.

“If any man comes to me without hating his father,

mother, wife, children,

brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too,

he cannot be my disciple.

“And indeed,

which of you here,

intending to build a tower,

would not first sit down

and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it?

Otherwise, if he laid the foundation

and then found himself unable to finish the work,

the onlookers would all start making fun of him and saying,

‘Here is a man who started to build and was unable to finish.’

Or again,

what king marching to war against another king

would not first sit down and consider

whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other

who advanced against him with twenty thousand?

If not, then while the other king was still a long way off,

he would send envoys to sue for peace.

So in the same way,

none of you can be my disciples

unless he gives up all his possessions.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

R.) Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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