So here is the text of yesterday's gospel, with a few passages set in boldfaced for emphasis:
Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, "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.
Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For 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? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.' Or 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? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions."
Did you preach on it? What did you say? Did you attempt to take the edge off the boldfaced passages, or suggest it was just hyperbole? Did you preach about it to children? How did that change your approach?
Or maybe you heard a sermon and had a strong reaction one way or the other. If so, please tell us about it.