The Fine Art of Wine Making

Tuesday, 01 May 2001

When people have no hope of resurrection, when the limits of meaning are confined to this world, wonderful and commendable goals turn tyrannical and demonic.
An early caution against heresy can be found in our Lord's warning to his disciples: "Take heed, beware the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of the Sadducees" (Matt. 16:6). The disciples were confused and thought Jesus was rebuking them because they had brought no bread. He had to explain to them that he was speaking of the "teaching" of both the Pharisees and the Sadducees. If he meant "teaching" why did he say "yeast" (or "leaven")? The teachings of the Sadducees and the Pharisees were so pervasive, ...

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