FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Human Life is Valuable
Especially during the month of October, we as Catholic Christians are called to affirm that every human life is valuable, unique, and irreplaceable. At this point in our democratic republic, it is critical that we express this truth of our faith in order to go beyond the division that arises when some profess that this group or that group is what matter most. No, in the eyes of God, all lives indeed matter. If it wasn’t true, it wouldn’t have made any sense for Jesus Christ to come to earth and die for us. But He did. Because of that, we believe that the worth of a human being is not determined by the government, a vote of the people, a judge, or a person’s parents. It’s determined by God – who tells us in Jeremiah that “before you were born, I knew you.”
It is easy to see unique and irreplaceable value in someone who is smart, popular, rich, or powerful. But what about the value in someone who is weak, dependent, and vulnerable – like the unborn, the elderly, the sick, and the dying. These people do not seem irreplaceable, because they do not seem to be doing anything important. They are not building bridges and skyscrapers. They are not going to college and starting businesses. They are not writing books, making lots of money, and getting interviewed on television. They are not getting elected to office, starring in movies, or winning football games. In fact, in the eyes of the world, these unnoticeable people don’t seem to be doing much of anything.
As Christians, we are called to see as God sees, not as men see. The world’s point of view is what makes life worth living is material wealth and accomplishments. But the Christian point of view is that which makes life worth living is love, generosity, and self-sacrifice. This belief should change the way we look at issues like abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide.
The world says that we need abortion because women can’t find happiness if a baby comes between them and their plans or a child may prevent them from climbing the corporate ladder. But Christ teaches that we need the unborn child, because no one can find happiness without learning how to sacrifice ourselves for the needs of someone else. And who teaches this lesson better than a completely helpless and dependent unborn baby?
The world says that we need abortion because love means that every child should be a wanted child. But Christ teaches that if we kill people we don’t want, we abandon the very heart of love. On the other end of the spectrum, the world says that we need physician-assisted suicide because you lose quality of life when you are dying of a terminal illness. But Christ teaches that the best quality of life comes from accepting His love and mercy – something that is frequently easier to do when we are sick, frail, weak, and old.
The Catholic Church is pro-life because the pro-life position reflects the very heart of Christ’s ministry – a ministry filled with faith, hope, and love. And being part of a prolife church means being willing to learn more and share what we know with others.
Jesus Christ didn’t have to come into the world in the form of an unborn child. He was God. He could have done anything He wanted. He could have entered as a mighty and powerful king, a great warrior or as an athletic champion. But he didn’t. He became man like each of us, beginning this life in the womb of his mother, teaching us that this is where love begins, and real power lies in love. If we can love the very littlest of all people, then we will better understand what being a Christian is all about.