Religious people are meant to mix with worldly people. They are all God's children.

Saturday, 1/17/16

Referring to Jesus, some Pharisees asked, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

You might find the answer to that question in one of Our Lord’s mini-parables, namely the one where Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman takes, and mixes with three measures of flour until the whole mass begins to rise.”

Jesus was saying that God wanted him, and other Christ-like people, to mix with people everywhere to lift them up.

Young people used to believe that eating yeast was a cure for pimples. I tried it, but as much as I hated how bad the pimples made me look, I couldn’t stomach straight yeast. In the same way, it is hard to stomach people who only talk religiously.

The core syllable of the word RELIGION is the LIG, which is Latin for tying; and the re prefix makes it a word meaning to tie earthly things to heavenly things. It's not heavenly things alone.

Those Pharisees were like yeast that didn’t believe in mixing with the flour to make it rise.  

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