Fr. Brian Nolan
Will You Be Leaven For the World?
“Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?” 1 Corinthians 5: 6
Jesus is risen, Alleluia! In the 2nd reading for Easter Sunday, St. Paul uses the imagery of “fresh yeast” that “makes the dough rise” to describe the need for the Christian community and our hearts to rid ourselves of any immorality and evil to live “in sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:8). On the night before He died, Jesus gave the gift of Himself as our Eucharistic food. The Risen Lord becomes the fresh leaven within us that leads us to “seek what is above and not what is below.” (Col 3:2)
In one of the most famous letters of the early church entitled, a letter to Diognetus, the author speaks about the gift of Christians to the world. “…the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body. As the soul is present in every part of the body, while remaining distinct from it, so Christians are found in all the cities in the world, but cannot be identified with the world…The body hates the soul and wars against it…because of the restriction the soul places on its pleasures…because they are opposed it is enjoyments.”
You and I know the Christian faithful are never opposed to true joy and the good things of the world, especially in moderation. We celebrate everything true, good and beautiful in the world. It’s the false pleasures and illicit enjoyments that become idols to be worshipped leading to a spiritual malaise, darkness and even eternal death. On the contrary, Christ suffered, died and rose that we might have life and have it to the full! As Jesus is leaven for our souls, so Christians are called to be leaven to the world.
Lord Jesus who has risen from the dead, continue to rise in our hearts that in loving you above all things, it leads us to share your light and love to the world. Amen.
Acts 10: 34, 37-43, Ps 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23, Col 3: 1-4, Jn 20: 1-9