In Acts today, we see Peter and John before the Sanhedrin saying, “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” And in the Gospel from Mark 16, Jesus tells the Eleven to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”
Peter and John give us a great example today of holy boldness. They basically told the Sanhedrin that it was incumbent upon them to heed the words that Jesus said to them that we hear in Mark’s Gospel. So today is a good day to ask ourselves – are we, too, heeding those words of Jesus?
Too many people think that holy boldness is all about the things we say. But that can be way off base. What about standing up for the defenseless in this culture of death? Or being a friend to someone who is marginalized? Holy boldness is really just following the lead of the Holy Spirit, doing or saying what the Spirit moves you to do or say, even when it is difficult or unpopular.
Father, you have filled us with Your Spirit. Help us to boldly proclaim the Gospel today, whether we need to open our mouths or not. Amen.