The Apostles

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Today's first reading from Hebrews 8 talks about the "new" covenant. "When he speaks of a 'new' covenant, he declares the first one obsolete." The old covenant included sacrifice of animals. The new covenant is in the Blood of Jesus.

In our Gospel reading from Mark 3, Jesus appoints Twelve, "whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons."

The Apostles were given an office. (cf. Acts 1:15-26) As Catholics, we believe that office of Apostle still exists in their successors - our bishops. The Apostles were a diverse group of men, each with their own background, gifts, and weaknesses. So it is with their successors. So whether you like or dislike, agree or disagree with you bishop, or any other bishop (including the Pope), you should be praying for them. Pray that they will fulfill their ministry of preaching and healing well.

Father, bless our bishops. Help them to be the holy shepherds you have called them to be. Amen.

Today's Readings

As we near the season of Lent, consider getting copies of A Minute in the Church for your parish to give away for Ash Wednesday. Find the set at


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