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Today’s Reading: Mark 3:7-19
Jesus gains widespread popularity with the crowds. Although they perceive him as a powerful healer and exorcist, the demons know his true identity as God’s Son (3:11). Jesus’ popular appeal here stands in contrast to 3:6 and the resentment of the Pharisees and Herodians.
he appointed twelve: Jesus spent the entire night in prayer before selecting the apostles (Lk 6:12).
The number of apostles is symbolic: as the 12 sons of Jacob were representatives of Old Covenant Israel (Gen 49:3-28), so Jesus gathers 12 patriarchs to found his New Covenant people in the Church (Mt 19:28; Rev 21:12-14; CCC 551, 765). to be sent out: An apostle is “one who is sent out” as a messenger or emissary (cf. Mt 10:5; CCC 858).