1 Corinthians 5:1-8. Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch…not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

In this passage, Paul is chastising the Corinthians for purported loose living and boasting. He reminds them that the sacrifice of Christ, the paschal lamb, has given them a new way to live.

Although many centuries have passed, Christ’s sacrifice is just as real for us, and this advice is just as relevant. It is part of our fallen human nature to boast, to gossip, to speak of others with malice, and to rejoice over evil. Crime and the depravity of our fellow humans sell newspapers and make for a gripping first story on the evening newscast.

But we, for whom Christ died, are unleavened bread and thus marked by some very different qualities. Sincerity and truth are our watchwords and the rule by which we are called to live. When others see these as the driving force in our lives, they too will be drawn to Christ. How tasty it is to be such unleavened bread.

PRAY for the Diocese of Southwest Florida (Province IV, USA)

Ps 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; 2 Kings 5:19-27; Matthew 5:27-37

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