The story of the carelessness of those invited to the banquet has been linked by Luke to other sayings spelling out the seriousness of discipleship. The call to follow Christ cannot be taken up half-heartedly; such an attitude is a tragic miscalculation. These verses re-establish the tone set at the beginning of the journey toward Jerusalem (9:57-62). Jesus returns to the theme of family division that might come because of the gospel (see 12:51-53). Jesus says his disciples must hate father and mother and family. This is a Semitic exaggeration to stress that anyone who stands in the way of thorough commitment to Jesus, even one’s closest relations, must be renounced. “Hate” in this sense means “prefer less.” Discipleship is thus an all-consuming vocation. Jesus uses two examples: a wise builder would not begin a project without assessing his ability to complete it; only a madman would go into battle without considering the odds. For the Christian disciple, renunciation is the salt of discipleship. When a follower of Jesus begins to hold anything back, discipleship becomes a charade.