In celebration of National Coming Out Day, I thought I would re-post this. For those of you who haven’t read “My Big, Gay Sermon,” yes, I also happen to be Gay (but of course no one knows – except my wife! Har-har!)

Under the Rose

Proper 12A/Ordinary 17A/Pentecost +6

July 24, 2011

Genesis 29: 15-28

Romans 8:26-39

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46

“[Jesus] told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’” (Matthew 13:33).

Queer: differing in some odd way from what is usual or normal [1]

The thirteenth chapter of Matthew features a series of parables about the Kingdom of Heaven, which compare the Kingdom to everything from a mustard seed to pearls to fish. (Huh?) The weirdest comparison (in my opinion) is the yeast parable. The Kingdom of Heaven is like … yeast. Really?? What planet did that come from??

Well, let’s dive into the weird and wonderful world of yeast and find out – shall we?

If there ever were a queer organism, it would have to be yeast. It’s not quite an


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