Yeast is an image Jesus uses that has both positive and negative meanings. Last Sunday we listened to yeast as an image of the Kingdom growing within a person. Here, the yeast is that of the Pharisees and Sadducees—pride and ambition.
The reading shifts to Peter and the wonderful gift of knowing who Jesus is. Yet Peter seems to take the gift in a prideful manner, questioning Jesus in the first prediction that Jesus us going to suffer and die. The name that Peter has just been given, “Rock,” is quickly changed to “Satan” in the hopes that Peter will be shaken into belief and obedience.
Any yeast of pride in you?
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