Jesus was going to Jerusalem, his disciples following in spite of as well as because of. In spite of what Jesus told them of what lie ahead. And because Jesus and the Spirit with him was with them along the way, to help keep them on the straight and narrow.
They did not want to go there, but that’s where Jesus was going and so they followed. There will be times like that for us when we don’t want to go there, to do that, but we need to remember that by the Spirit the Lord is indeed present with us. And so we must press on, remembering that the Lord will give us the grace needed. And so continue to follow.