Everyone, I returned from Mass this evening and this weekend’s Gospel reading reminded me of a question that I keep meaning to ask.
In the reading, Jesus refers to his followers carrying their crosses. I remember references to Jesus calling for his followers to take up or carry their crosses from other Gospel readings, though I’m afraid I don’t have particular references to cite right now.
But my question is this - for us in post-Resurrection times, the notion of carrying our crosses is a powerful message because of Christ’s own crucifixion.
Yet, at the time he was proclaiming the Good News to his followers, they had no idea that he would end up on a cross on Good Friday. So, what were these references to carrying their crosses supposed to mean to Jesus listeners at the time he spoke to them?
The specific verse from this Sunday is Luke 14:27
“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”