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<< Tuesday, February 17, 1998 >> Founders of the Servites
James 1:12-18
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Psalm 94 Mark 8:14-21
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"Keep your eyes open! Be on your guard against the yeast." —Mark 8:15

Jesus warns us to be on guard not only against Satan, temptations, enemies, and persecutors, but also against yeast (of all things). When Jesus initially gave this warning, His disciples were confused. They thought He was literally speaking of yeast used to make bread (Mk 8:16). However, Jesus was speaking of "the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod" (Mk 8:15). He was speaking of the yeast of hostility against Him, hypocrisy (Lk 12:1), and false teaching (Mt 16:12). Jesus is warning us that warped and lukewarm Christianity can be contagious.

We should not respond to His warning by going in search of the perfect church. Rather, we are to respond by overcoming evil with good (Rm 12:21), fighting tepidity with fire (see Rv 3:16), and unmasking false teaching by speaking the truth in love (Eph 4:15).

There is not only a corrupting yeast but also a renewing one. Not only is the kingdom of Satan like yeast, but also "the kingdom of God is like yeast which a woman took and kneaded into three measures of flour. Eventually the whole mass of dough began to rise" (Mt 13:33, our transl). Not only can evil be contagious, but so can faith. Faith is not only taught but caught. If you guard against the dangers of the yeast of corruption and wickedness (1 Cor 5:8), Satan himself will be unable to stop the rising power of your yeast of renewal and holiness. The kingdom of God is like the yeast of God's kingdom.

Prayer: Father, I will prophesy to the dry bones (Ez 37:4).
Promise: "He wills to bring us to birth with a word spoken in truth so that we may be a kind of first fruits of His creatures." —Jas 1:18
Praise: The seven founders of the Servites were originally known as the 'Laudesi' or 'Praisers.' They withdrew from the things of the world to give praise to God and to live for Him alone.
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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