“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39a)
These are Jesus’ words to the Gerasene man from whom he had just exorcised a legion of demons; they’re a commanding invitation to share how God acted powerfully to restore peace to this Gerasene’s life. Return and declare. Leave and tell. Go to where you live and announce to everyone what God has done. This is Jesus’ simple call to this Gerasene man.
But these are simple words to call us to action as well. We too can simply declare what God has done in our lives. We too can simply tell people in whom we place our trust. We too can simply announce what the God, what Jesus, what the church, what our faith means to us. We too are called to share the good news. – rc