[quote="dog_lover90, post:1, topic:324103"]
I have a question about some verses of Luke's Gospel, chapter 10.
"In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple."
Is this directed solely at the disciples who followed Jesus around while he physically walked the earth, or is this to all Christians? I'm praying on this and now I'm worried. It seems to me that Jesus is saying to live on the streets.
"Renounce", here, does not mean "giving up all one's possessions, and leading a mendicant lifestyle", as it would in, say some traditions of Hinduism or Buddhism. Rather, it means, "do not allow your possessions to become more important or valuable than Me in your lives." Some Catholic religious live this verse in the highest sense (the Missionaries of Charity are the most recent example), but the broader interpretation - that even if you have goods, use them wisely, share them, and do not allow them to become an idol or a stumbling block - is the "standard" one followed in the Church.
And what about 10:26, where He says to hate others in order to be His disciple? What about the commandment to love everyone? Am I just reading these verses out of context?
I understand that He is saying that you cannot allow anything or anyone to get in the way of your relationship with Him, but I feel like I'm still not understanding something.
Does the Catholic church have any official teachings on these verses?
The Jerusalem Bible has an illuminating footnote on this verse: "A Hebraic way of expressing total detachment."
Aramaic does not have a word for "love less" or "favour less"; see, for example, Genesis 25ff (Leah was "hated", but Jacob still had six sons by her) or Malachi 1 (the Edomites were not "hated" literally, but were not the chosen people, and were punished because of their actions against Israel), so this may be a case of the Greek expressing something that wasn't there in the Aramaic (as in the often quoted petros / petra debate). :)