Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Did you try to bake bread anytime during the last 6 months? I know I did. I've been trying to perfect my focaccia recipe with some luck. Each time I bake bread, I'm amazed that a weird thing like yeast (what even is it?) turns the flour and water into amazing deliciousness.
It doesn't take much either - just a little yeast leavens the whole loaf.
It's the same in our own lives. The devil only needs a small hole to leave a big mark. How many times have you said, "Oh this little thing, it's not a big deal. It won't make any difference in the end."
That "little thing" might have been a movie that has images you can't get out of your head or a snide comment behind a friend's back that destroyed a friendship or a small boundary you set up in your relationship that turned into a big sin.
Sins don't typically start big; they start small. It's starts with the small things; a little yeast leavens the whole loaf. A small sin leads to bigger and bigger sins until you aren't even sure where it started or how to stop it.
Today's first reading is talking to a town who is pretty proud of itself. They want St. Paul to know how great their doing, but all he sees is dough he doesn't want to bake. He wants to start over, and that's what he asks them to do.
He tells them to throw out the old yeast of "malice and wickedness" and begin again with new yeast, a new foundation of "sincerity and truth."
When our 'yeast' or our 'foundation' is right, everything else grows from there!
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
How have small sins found their way into your life?
What have you been adding to your life? How has it impacted it?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Free me of my sins Lord."
"What yeast am I adding?"
"Lord I need you."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
When is the last time you started fresh? Go to confession this week.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie Herzing, a former youth minister turned parish evangelization consultant living in North Carolina.
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