Today’s verses from Chapter Fourteen of Paul’s Letter to the Romans are verses we should live by. The translation of them that I learned long ago went something like this, “No one lives as his own master, no one dies as his own master. While we live, we are responsible to the Lord, when we die, we die as his servants. Both in life and in death we are the Lord’s.”
That tells us that in all of our decision making, instead of suiting ourselves, we should go along with what we perceive to be what God wants.
But, we can’t always be certain about what God wants. As a priest, I have always felt safe at following the church’s regulations. However, with Jesus in today’s Gospel telling us to seek out and bring back wandering sheep, I sometimes wonder if God would want us to bend the rules a little.