Before we move beyond the notion of ordinariness, we must connect it with the commitment to hiddenness.
Taking Paul’s words in Colossians 3:3, “your life is hidden with Christ in God,” many of the early Christians sought ways to live for Christ in quiet ways that did not call attention to themselves.
Separation was one way, but it was not only a secluded location that allowed them to do this, but also a surrendered heart which put to rest the ego’s need to “be seen of men.”
We find the same sentiment today when someone says, “It doesn’t matter who does it as long as God gets the credit.” And I’ve come to believe that when all is said and done, more will be shown to have been done for God in hiddenness than in the public displays of faith.
The spirit of Benedict’s Rule lives on, and we can read the Rule asking ourselves how we may go about doing these things for Jesus in ways and through means that don’t have to be “on display” to be important.
Much of Christianity is paradox, and one paradox is that the things which appear to be the most important really are not. Rather, it is the “hidden things” which both express and confirm the ultimate realities of Christian living.