"Brothers and sisters: Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?...Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." I Cor 5: 6b,8Yeast, which is an irritant, plays a prominent role in the Gospel. When activated in flour is makes bread rise, but also reminds us that a fully engaged Gospel life makes a difference in society. Believers, like yeast, are not simply passive receivers of Good News, but doers of the word whose gratitude expresses itself in works of justice and charity.
Active Christians are like yeast. Their good works can motivate, and at times agitate others. While this might be uncomfortable for some, the hard sayings of Jesus, like loving our enemies, are an integral part of the Gospel. In the long run, a soft Christianity does no one much good. Yeast reminds us that it is always a good time to rejoice and recommit ourselves to a full Gospel life.
Today, take time to rejoice for the gift of faith.
Who has been yeast in your life?