The first reading today is FULL of synonyms for “following”: observe, join, minister, love, serve, and hold to, to name a few. Following someone means more than to trail along behind them. When we truly follow someone, we join ourselves to that being. We love them, we serve them, and we hold to all they stand for. We become like them in every possible way. Chances are, there is someone (or some thing) in your life that you follow this closely. Is it Jesus Christ? It was for the Canaanite woman in today’s gospel, who followed Jesus and kept badgering Him to drive the demon out of her daughter. Jesus tested her faith, but she did not falter. She knew Jesus and what He was capable of. She was a follower of Him. Are you?
Take time to study this year’s stewardship poster in your parish church. It incorporates both old, new and consistent message: that message is of being called by Jesus to “Come and Follow me…”. The poster unites a modern silhouette of a young man on his telephone, and familiar silhouette of Saint Peter with his fishing net. One has chosen to follow Jesus, the other is in the midst of distraction and decision.