Jesus, risen from the dead, commanded Peter again to follow Him (Jn 21:19). Then Peter turned around and noticed another disciple of Jesus. "Seeing him, Peter was prompted to ask Jesus, 'But Lord, what about him?' " (Jn 21:21) Why don't we just follow Jesus and not worry about everybody or everything else?
Moreover, the other followers of Jesus weren't focused on following Jesus either. They were busy spreading the rumor that Jesus said the beloved disciple was not going to die (Jn 21:23). How many Christians are more involved in rumors or even gossip than they are in living the Christian life?
In contrast, Paul was focused on following Jesus. Even when he was under house arrest at Rome, he wasted no time in calling together the prominent men of the Jewish community and sharing his faith in Jesus (Acts 28:17).
Then, even though Paul was disappointed that some of the Jews would not believe, he stayed focused on proclaiming the gospel. "For two full years...with full assurance, and without any hindrance whatever, he preached the reign of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 28:30, 31).
On this last day of the Pentecost novena, let us receive the Holy Spirit, put our hands to the plow, and not look back (Lk 9:62). Stay focused on following Him.