Today's Gospel (from Mark) starts out with a dramatic cure: a leper approaches Jesus, falls to his knees and makes the strking act of faith, "If you will it, you can cure me." And Jesus does will it. With a word and a touch, Jesus heals the leper. And then gives him the impossible command: "Tell no one."
Not only is the healed man totally incapable of obeying, he is amazingly effective in proclaiming what Jesus did for him. Read the passage (Mark 1:40-45). That leper must have been one of Malcom Gladstone's "salesmen" (see "The Tipping Point"): a real networker, he "began to publicize the whole matter"; "he spread the report abroad so that...people kept coming to Jesus from everywhere." (An unintended result of this successful proclamation was that other lepers were unable to approach Jesus as discreetly as he had...)
Would that we today were as effective in drawing people to Jesus! Maybe we would be, if we could be more in touch, on a daily basis, with what Jesus is constantly doing for us. We would say, as the leper must have, and as the Apostles did after the Resurrection, "Surely we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."