If you are like me, you may run through various scenarios in your own head. You may decide not to take the chance, and by not taking the chance, you can never move forward. In the Gospel from the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Jesus invites his disciples to take a chance and follow him, but if they do so, they must be willing to give up a great many things and be willing to sacrifice and suffer.
The sportswear company Nike has a famous slogan: “Just Do It.” The Gospel encourages us to take the chance, give up our possessions, and take up our crosses if we want to be Jesus’s disciples. In this Gospel passage, there is no halfway to discipleship—it is an all or nothing situation. And like the Nike slogan says, if we want to be Jesus’s disciples, then we have to “just do it.”