“He who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. He also who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” (Rom 14: 6-9)

How “liberal” of St. Paul, to put our minds to rest like this, not only with regard to our various traditions of fasting and feasting, but also to our various ways of “living” and “dying.” He’s saying, whether you’re “observing” this day (say, the Sabbath), or whether you’re “dying” today (on some level), or “living,” – be grateful to the Lord, recognizing that you are His, warts and all. I thank You, Lord, for putting our minds to rest on this sunny Saturday, whether we’re in church, or at the beach, or at home, or at work, or elsewhere; whether we’re “busy being born” or “busy dying.” Grant me humble self-acceptance today, as You humbly accept me, warts and all.

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