1 Corinthians 5:6b-7 Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed .

Seeing yourself as a lump of dough, is not usually the way we think of ourselves. And leaven is not something you can easily find, at least not labled as such. What it is is something that produces fermentation, ordinarily we think of yeast.

Flour and water can make a paste, not generally something we lookupon as food. Raw dough is something you can push this way and that - it really doesn't have much shape.

So why yeast? Well, if you are comparing 2 lumps of dough, if one is fermenting, it gets filled with gas, and it looks like there is more - but its just air, there really isn't any more, infact, there is a little less, because the only way it gets puffed up is to use up some of what it had.

That's what sin does to us, it puff us up - we think we are more - but its only that we have been decieved.

So we are encouraged to clean out the old leaven, be a new lump - that is live as the new creation that God created by water and the word in Baptism.

Stop trying to make yourself like the others, or turn yourself into something you are not. Instead, turn to God, let him shape you, let him form you - he created you - he surely knows best what you were meant to be - and as he has given His only begotten sone to suffer and die - surely he loves you enough to provide everything necessary.

So, if we raise ourselves, the only thing that happens is that sin has puffed us up - if we do not raise ourselves - if Christ raises us, then we are risen indeed.

Since Christ is risen, let us look to Him to make us all we can be.