Subscribe to remove ads.

First Reading for the Friday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Hebrews 8:6-13

Summary: God introduces a superior covenant, not based on laws but written on hearts and minds, ensuring a direct, personal relationship with Him, marked by forgiveness and deep understanding.

New Covenant of Heart and Mind

Brothers and sisters: Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministry as he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one.

But he finds fault with them and says: Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they did not stand by my covenant and I ignored them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and I will write them upon their hearts. I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach, each one his fellow citizen and kin, saying, “Know the Lord,” for all shall know me, from least to greatest. For I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sins no more.

When he speaks of a “new” covenant, he declares the first one obsolete. And what has become obsolete and has grown old is close to disappearing.

See more resources for the Friday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Young Catholics