“He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him’”. (Matthew 4 : 20)
We use the word follow in a whole range of different contexts. We follow football teams, we follow soaps, we follow paths, we follow routes on maps and the directions on sign posts, we follow instructions and we could give many more examples.
The idea of following is common to all of us yet the following referred to in the Gospel reading on Sunday is really uncommon. If anyone followed to the point of giving up everything on the spot, of leaving their work and family, we would regard it as unusual, perhaps even strange.
Matt. 4 : 12-20
As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him.
Lord, you have called us to follow Your way; to learn from You. Teach us Your way of treating others; teach us compassion for the suffering, the poor, the blind, and the isolated.
You who shed tears, show us how to live our feelings.
Teach us Your way of looking at people: the way You glanced at Peter after his denial, the way You touched the heart of the rich young man and the hearts of Your followers.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen