Did your mom ever put too much yeast in a mass of dough? Just a little bit can make the dough rise and rise. Something little makes something big. Four writers of the New Testament use this image of yeast to describe qualities in the life of God’s Spirit: Matthew, Mark, Luke and Paul. Sometimes the image is used in a positive way, such as the Kingdom rising like dough; sometimes yeast has a negative sense as in the reading for today. Jesus says that a little bit of hypocrisy like the Pharisees can ruin a whole mass of God’s people.
Just a little bit of hypocrisy inside a person can make the heart swell with pride like a mass of dough; it can also infect others. The vice that Jesus became most angry about in the Pharisees was hypocrisy―putting on a show of being “holier than thou,” yet inside being arrogant, harsh and even cruel to others.
The rest of this chapter has four other teachings of Jesus. I suggest that you take each of these five parts one at a time. Listen, as though Jesus is teaching you as your special tutor!
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This being Year C,
the third year in the cycle, we generally read from the Gospel of Luke.
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