After they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard it, they raised their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and everything in them, it is you who said by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant: ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers have gathered together against the Lord and against his Messiah.’
For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
It can be disarming to hear or talk about a miracle, even an answer to a prayer. In today’s readings, God shows us He can be as loud as an earthquake and as silent as the wind.
Recently, there was a story in the news about a man who was rescued after 66 days at sea. He survived on rainwater, caught fish with his hands, and prayed every day. When rescue workers found him, he was smiling, saying he was utterly grateful to God. When I heard the story, I felt so happy to hear God praised—especially on the news.
Now picture the disciples: can you imagine what life must have been like for Peter and John? They witnessed miracles, signs and wonders of the Risen Jesus. And the resistance from unbelieving spectators didn’t stop them. They praised God in thanksgiving, and in return were given the grace to speak the word of God with boldness.
Where is God asking you to speak of him boldly?
—Kristin Dillon is a lay minister who has worked with Charis Ministries and Holy Name Cathedral. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Risen Lord, raise my voice like Peter and John. Help me speak the word of God.
Risen Lord, talk to me as Nicodemus. Show me what it means to be reborn.
Risen Lord, I want to cling to you like a child, in my God-given flesh, and hide under the strength of your arm. Be my father, my mother, my guardian, my friend. Help me to speak of you boldly. Help me to see the Kingdom of God.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!