Time for Some New Yeast

“If this is the day Jesus rose again, why don’t they call it Yeaster?”

You can thank my dad for that one. He told it to me a few years ago, and I groaned, of course. But then I thought, funny, we always talk about yeast on Easter. We always read this traditional Easter passage:

Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Makes me think about how Easter is a season, no less than Lent. Sometimes, with all the buildup of Holy Week and the frenzied celebration of the holiday, after Easter Sunday you can feel like it’s all over, and now you’re back to your ordinary life. No more fasting. No more giving things up. Back to normal.

But isn’t part of the point of Lent to show us when normal isn’t good? The fasting and the giving-up cleansed us, made us ready for other things… but what things? What yeast will now infect what we do now that the old stuff is gone?

I pray that it will be the yeast of Jesus – that the risen Lord will rush in to fill any emptiness from what we gave up for Lent, like the tiny little speak of leaven making a great batch of dough come alive.

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