Jesus continues his journey to Jerusalem. Great crowds of people are with him, but perhaps Jesus suspects that the people in the crowds have not understood the radical and challenging nature of his teaching. Jesus knows what awaits him in the capital city. He will take up his cross and go to his death. He will give his life to save us from our sins. So Jesus warns the crowds that anyone who wants to be his disciple must be ready to take up their own cross; to give up everything that is an obstacle to following him. Jesus’ disciples must be ready to give up possessions, the bonds of family and friendship, and even life itself if necessary. The parables of the tower and of the king preparing for war illustrate the need to consider seriously the cost of becoming a disciple of Christ. The Lord may ask us for everything, because he gives us everything.