Detachment and Discipleship

Large crowds were now traveling with Jesus, and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple.”

– Luke 14:25-26

When I was younger, I was fascinated by zen buddhism. My family owned a comic book that I used to read over and over again.

I was fascinated by the idea of being a fish in water and the idea of detachment.

It helped me understand how to live in a world where I wasn’t in control.


As my faith was deepening, I was struck by the parallels between detachment, as taught in zen buddhism, and faith. When Jesus calls us to be disciples, I understand it now as detachment: let go of this world, set your eyes on God.

But whereas in zen buddhism, the veil is lifted and you expect to find nothing there, in Christianity, once the veil is lifted, we find the truth: Our Lord.

Pure, unadulterated love, directed at us!, rather than nothingness.

Can there be any wonder why He is wounded?

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