Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod. Mark 8:14-21.

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Mark 8:14-21.


In today’s gospel of Mark 8:14-21, the disciples of Jesus forgot to take food with them. Because of this, they are left with only one loaf of bread. Jesus then begins to warn them to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.


The apostles do not understand what Jesus means. They begin to ask themselves if the question is a result of the lack of bread. Jesus then begins to ask them a series of questions. He questions the reason they are yet to understand Him despite they are with Him all these while.


They have witnessed His miracles and how He fed the multitude only with 7 loaves of bread but they are yet to come to terms with who Jesus is and what He could do.



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What Could Jesus mean by The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod?


Yeast is a leavening agent that one adds to the bread. With the help of the yeast, the bread leavens. Leavening means that the bread rises. So when we add yeast to bread, it combines with it and causes it to rise according to the dough that we use.


As a yeast affects what comes in contact with it, Jesus tends to warn the disciples against the negative effect of the life of the Pharisees, whose legalistic teachings and refusal to believe in Him can also affect the faith of those who observe them, hear them or come in contact with them. Hereby Jesus is warning the apostles to be wary so that the way of life and lack of faith of the Pharisees will not influence them.


This warning was as a result of what happened in the previous verses when the Pharisees came to Jesus to ask for a sign from heaven to prove to them that He is the Messiah. So while the apostles were busy worrying about the lack of food, Jesus began to warn them never to allow the unbelief and life of the Pharisees to influence them. Therefore, they should not imitate the unbelief of the Pharisees. In the sense that they do not need to worry about their lack when He is with them. With His presence, there is nothing to worry about.


In the sense, that they should not have become worried since they are with Him. Yeast has the power of permeating the host substance, So, Jesus warns them against allowing what the Pharisees did to influence them.


In essence, the disciples must avoid looking only for external signs to validate their faith. His presence is enough. When He is with us, we do not need to worry about anything.

In the same way many of us say they are close to God or God is with them,yet they worry and complain about everything.

Therefore, If the Lord is with us, why then do we worry? what we need to do is to strongly exercise our faith in Him and not our exercising our unbelief. If God is with us, we do not only have to profess it, we have to show it in our actions. We have to live it out.



The Yeast of Herod.


Jesus also warns against the yeast of Herod. It is very difficult to understand the reason Jesus makes this statement making reference to Herod, but we can give one reason to this.


People fear Herod greatly as a mighty ruler as of that time. He then used that opportunity to accumulate and store treasures for himself. So, Jesus is warning the disciples not to be carried by the things of this world either by their possession or lack of them. 


Their concern over the lack of food should not make them lose the sight that the great provider is with them.  Jesus rebukes His apostles for their lack of understanding despite the things they have seen Him do.

In the same way, He warns us not to be carried away over the lack of material things that we lose sight of the most important thing: which is deep trust  and relationship with Him


The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod Among Us.



There are also we allow The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod to influence us. There are times we also have allowed what we encounter presently in life to affect our faith. In essence, there are moments when what we see in life makes us lose hope that God can always provide for us even when we think He cannot.


Many think that without signs, wonders and miracles that God is not involved in our lives. God must not come down from heaven to explain to us what He is doing for us.


Therefore, Jesus warns us not to be occupied or worry about the things of this world to the extent we lose our faith in Him.

We must not allow our the quest for miracle and seeking of answers to prayers to make us lose faith of the things He has done and doing for us both the ones we see and the ones we do not see.


Hence, We must not have to wait until we encounter an extraordinary miracle to know that God is answering our prayers. We do not have to wait until we see external signs to be sure of God’s divine presence in our lives.

He loves us and still loves. His presence in our lives is enough.

Hence, we have to live in faith. We have to be certain of God’s divine presence in every moment of our lives even in lack.


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Can You Remember The Things He Has Done?


Jesus asks His disciples; Are you yet to understand? Which in essence means; are you yet to understand that my presence is enough? That I can do all things? That nothing is impossible for me? Why are you people worried? Have you not remembered all the things I have done, and that this one is nothing to be compared to anything I can do?


In the same way, Can we also take time and remember the things God has done for us in the past? Are we also yet to understand that He can do more? What Jesus needs from us is to continually live in faith.


We must not allow worldly things, lack of provisions, signs and wonders to determine how we worship our God. We have to surrender ourselves to Him in faith.


May God bless you, dearest, help us and strengthen our faith in Him. May He bless your efforts. Amen.


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  1. Charles Ndubuisi Ezeji says

    Happy Valentines Fr. Sanctus and to All members of Home of Victory Family

  2. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro. Happy Valentine

  3. Grace Yina says

    Amen, happy feast of St Valentine to you Fr. Thank you for this thought provoking message

  4. Agina Uchenna says


  5. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Thanks Padre, God bless you.

  6. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for another opportunity to be a partaker in this breakfast.

  7. Onyekonwu Johnmary Kenechukwu says

    I thank God for His Breakfast today. I pray that through His Grace, I will be able to continually have faith and trust in Him and not to be carried away by the things of this world or get influence by worldly things…………….. Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  8. Okonkwo onyinye says


  9. Odoh Nneka says


  10. Goodluck Ekeocha says

    Thank you so much for your heart warming message. Well digested. Happy Valentine to you too.

  11. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen,Happy valentines father,God bless🙏

  12. Boitumelo Malebatsane says

    Amen 🙏 with faith in jesus all will be provided for in jesus name amen.

  13. ONAH LILIAN says

    Amen🙏, God bless you, happy val

  14. Blessing Salifu says

    Amen 🙏

  15. Ogbaji Patience says


  16. Eze Juliana Nkechi says


  17. Jane chuks says

    Amen 🙌

  18. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says

    May the good Lord help me to trust him and do all that he has commanded, Amen,
    Happy Valentine’s day to everyone,
    I love you all with the love of Christ.

  19. Eze Henry says


  20. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!


    May God help to always bear in mind that He’s always with me and I shall be afraid if nothing in Jesus name amen.
    May God continue to bless you Padre for always inspiring and lifting our faith in God in Jesus name 🙏🙏 amen


    May God help me to always bear in mind that He’s always with me and I shall be afraid if nothing in Jesus name amen.
    May God continue to bless you Padre for always inspiring and lifting our faith in God in Jesus name 🙏🙏 amen

  23. Grace Uba says


  24. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


  25. Udemezue Martina Mary says

    Amen. Happy valentine day Fr

  26. Munachimso onuoha says


  27. Regina Ajua Mobu says

    Amen! Happy valentine to you too father.

  28. Ogechi Oscar says


  29. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    Heavenly Father help me & strengthen my faith Amen

  30. Eunice okeyo says

    AMEN 🙏

  31. Ozoegwu Onyinye Okoro says


  32. Eunice okeyo says

    Thank you Jesus

  33. Michael Jones says


  34. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏. Happy valentine’s Day Fr.

  35. John says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  36. Asukwo Eunice says


  37. Ugwu Obianuju G says

    Amen, happy Valentine day Fr

  38. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, fr Okey, u are too much, my ✋ up for you.may God bless you in Jesus name amen. May God increase our faith so that we always know what he’s able to do in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

  39. Echaka Morphy says

    Thank you fr , for all you do for our spiritual growth

  40. Echaka Morphy says

    Thank you fr , I pray that God will continue to strengthen u and Grant u the grace to carry us to the end in this spiritual growth


    Happy Valentine’s Day Padre
    Remain Blessed 🌹🙏 and have a peaceful night rest… Shalom

  42. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏. Happy Valentine’s Day too.

  43. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

  44. Onyeoma Ukamaka says


  45. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. Thank you.

  46. Dr.Julie says

    Amen. May God help me to trust in Him always.

  47. Chinyere Ezemelue says


  48. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    A big Amen. Good morning Fr Santus and do have a great day today

  49. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen brother and HAPPY VALENTINE S’ DAY TO YOU TOO

  50. Cordelia Agudosi says


  51. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen.


    Father LORD give me the ability to surrender myself to You 🙏

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