Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:6B-8
Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?
Clear out the old yeast,
so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,
inasmuch as you are unleavened.
For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.
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.
Couldn’t we use more sincerity and truth this year? Don’t we have too many in-your-face examples of malice and wickedness? We can feel helpless and paralyzed in the midst of the overwhelming maelstrom that engulfs us. So perhaps the most hopeful and insightful image is the one Paul uses for the Corinthians – a little yeast leavening all the dough. That is directed toward each of us because everyone has the capacity to sprinkle at least a teaspoon of sincerity and truth each day into the dough of our world.
Happy Easter to everyone! It is a day of joy and a day to remember that because of Good Friday, we now have a chance to spread truth and sincerity.