Got newbie questions? You’re not alone! I do, too. Here’s one that I wonder about every time we read it at mass. I would love any help with the answer!

In the below Gospel reading, how do the people Jesus is speaking to know what He’s talking about when He tells them to “take up their cross” when He has not died on the cross yet? Is it because this was a common occurrence at that time so people were familiar with the reference? Or do they not understand the reference yet? That one always gets me thinking…

“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Lk 9:23)

Thanks for the help!