There are instances in the gospels where, after performing a miracle for someone, the recipient was told to go home and not say anything of it. It’s almost as if to say, ‘This is just between you and me, and your ministry is in your own home.’
I like that! And it’s kind of the way I think about my relationship with You. But I keep bumping into contradictions of this elsewhere. For instance, how many times did You urge the disciples to go out and proclaim Your message? And what about hiding our light under a bushel basket? Or, if we’re silent even the rocks will shout? There would seem to be a real tension between the interior and exterior aspects of spirituality. Wrongly or rightly I am prone to nurture an attitude that says in the final analysis it’s all between You and me – it was never really between me and anybody else – except, maybe, my family and my closest friends.
My feelings are that I find You best in my family and friends and, hopefully, they find You in me. I am bold enough to declare that You have touched me in special ways through them. Maybe the emphasis in “go now and tell no one,” is on the word tell, for what we say seems to have negligible effects compared to what we do – what we live. For most of us the place where we live is with our family in our own homes. In this setting it’s clear that what we say counts for far less than what we live.