Be sure to read the Gospel: Luke 14: 25-33
The first thing to say about that piece is; it’s about us and God. But since God by his very nature is not interested in Himself (he doesn’t need to be) we can take it that it’s really about us, about our good.
Without hating my father, mother, wife … What could that mean?
Hating in this piece means second place, any place but not first place! So Jesus Christ gets first place, everybody and everything else comes second …
Jesus is saying; put me before parents, wife, husband, children … Why on earth would you do that?
Jesus Christ is suggesting He’s the true source of happiness. This is radical stuff, completely counter cultural.
What’s the goal of our culture? What’s our cultures vision for you, for the human being? Consume, so that you will be happy! That’s it, nothing more. It’s the biggest lie ever told on the face of the earth.
Jesus says; I’m your true goal.
By the way, anyone who thinks there is no basis in the teaching of Jesus for priestly celibacy needs to have a look at this!
The king going out to war is you and me, indeed particularly priests, going out against an enemy that’s far greater than us, the world and all its allure, (ultimately it’s a spiritual war) and very often we sue for peace, meaning we compromise, sometimes we give up altogether.
How many priests have gone that road? How many ordinary Catholics? How many started to build but couldn’t finish – it’s a tough environment! Don’t you get it? It’s war, spiritual warfare, like one King marching to war against another King!
Why practice religion? If you practice with your heart it’ll take you into the Divine Life. But so many never even start! Others get side-tracked along the way. Some object to others and leave …
Behind this radical call, this seemingly crazy task of putting Christ first there resides the most important truth often unknown to humankind; life in Christ (grace) is our true goal. He is our happiness, knowing Him, loving Him.
God alone can satisfy the human heart!