B-6    A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans    14:7-9, 10c-12

Brothers and sisters:

No one lives for oneself,

     and no one dies for oneself.

For if we live, we live for the Lord,

     and if we die, we die for the Lord;

     so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

For this is why Christ died and came to life,

     that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why then do you judge your brother?

Or you, why do you look down on your brother?

For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;

     for it is written: 

     As I live, says the Lord, every knee

          shall bend before me,

          and every tongue shall give praise to God. 

So then each of us shall.

The Word of the Lord.