Catholic Catechism affirms those who cherish God’s creation. It, like many other religions and belief systems, recognizes that all life is dependent on each other. While man is made in God’s image, he cannot survive without the rest of God’s creation any more than flowers can survive without sunlight and rain. All comes from God. Therefore, all life shares a common bond because in its ultimate form, it is creation.
As I reflect on this, my thoughts become heavy. Do we have the right to define life when we come to understand that even the smallest living thing has a purpose, and contributes to our well being or individual demise? Man takes great pride in manipulating his world for personal gain and satisfaction. What does that say about his response to faith and trust in God?
Life has an order to it that God has preordained. When we dismiss God’s will, challenging the foundation of life, we are no better than Lucifer who was the most glorified angel, but wanted to be equal to God, not submissive to Him. Jesus Himself attests to this, “Who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.” (Philippians 2: 6 NAB)
Therefore, defining when life begins seems futile at best. At worst, I suppose it can produce the same fate of Lucifer, damning us forever in the depths of hell. It is not our place to determine who is and isn’t worth keeping, saving or otherwise a valued member of creation and society. “God loves all of His creatures and takes care of each one, even the sparrow,” (CCC pg. 99). “Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows. I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.” (Luke 12: 7-8 NAB)