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.