The affliction of distraction isn't limited to casual wear or perfume wearers, it seems that distraction can be an impediment to anyone - even in the arena discipleship or working towards living a life that honors Jesus.
The gospel reading in Luke is a reminder of the challenge that is foundational in the act of following Christ. Imagine being in the crowd listening as Jesus said:
26"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life -he cannot be my disciple.
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
These words must have been shocking to hear then, and today they still cause the listener to pause and say- "What is all this talk of hate, bearing crosses and giving EVERYTHING up all mean?"
Jesus consistent ethic of love makes it unthinkable that one would hate his or her own family. The original meaning of 'hate' in verse 26 does not mean anger or hostility. It's use is in reference to when a conflict arises, one's response to the demands of discipleship take priority over human relationships. Essentially, Jesus points back to his call to commitment in faith in Luke 10 :27. Jesus is calling his listeners to: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
Bearing a cross in vs. 27 does bring to mind the suffering awaiting Jesus in Jerusalem. Jesus warns his listeners that suffering is a traveling partner in the Christian life. Jesus wanted his followers to be prepared for the dramatically different focus life would require as they are called to put God first.
The meaning of giving up in vs. 33 means: to take leave o
25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.