Mass Readings: Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 Mark 8:14-21
What is the leaven that Jesus is warning us about? It is self-righteousness and self-gain.
It is when the human person makes themselves the object of their hearts desire. The more they live for themselves, the less they have room in their hearts for others or for God.
They are no longer drawn to the good and as a result they endanger themselves. Why? Because in God is found the good, beauty and love. What is there if you remove these?
The story of the great flood is not about God's anger or punishment. Just the opposite. We are told that "his heart was grieved" by humanity's choosing evil over him. The story is about humanity choosing evil over good, death over life.
Their desire was themselves. They consumed but never replenished. Even worse, they justified their selfishness. In doing so, they tried to make themselves God by placing themselves at the center of their existence. Regardless of what they thought, they weren't God and neither are we.
The Lord desires that we make Him the object of our love. In doing so we become more loving to others. We find the meaning, peace and joy that we so desire. While our love and faith in God doesn't rid ourselves of stress in life, it gives us the means to persevere through those times and to be true to ourselves in all situations we encounter in life.