“Can a Mother Forget Her Infant?”–Reflection for the Sunday Mass Readings of Mar. 2, 2014, by Cameron Daly

This reflection was taken from the Sunday Mass Readings of Mar. 2, 2014:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030214.cfm

 

In today’s first reading, the Lord says “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?” In today’s society, the answer would unfortunately be “yes.” We live in a culture where many people think that it’s perfectly acceptable for mothers to, not just forget their children, but murder them, for no reason other than the mother’s personal convenience. Some people try to justify this action by saying that the embryo “isn’t actually a person.” The following is what I have to say to that idea.

Imagine a molecule of water. Two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom come together to make a single molecule of water. Now imagine an ocean. All the water in that ocean is made up of nothing more than billions of those tiny molecules. Despite the difference in size, between the ocean and the molecule, would you say that the molecule is any less “water” than the ocean? The only difference is that the ocean is larger than the molecule, and contains many such molecules. But the ocean has no qualities which make it actually “different” from a single molecule.

The same goes for embryos. The sperm cell and the egg cell come together to form an embryo, who is no different from an adult person except for size–and, because he/she is a living organism, development. Embryos (like water molecules as opposed to an ocean), having their own human cells and their own DNA codes, are just smaller versions of adult humans; how does that make them any less of human beings? Because note that, in both cases, separate things–hydrogen and oxygen in water, sperm and egg cells in a person–come together to form something new. When a water molecule is formed by those atoms, it is water–plain and simple. It doesn’t change into anything different when it gets larger. Why, then, do people seriously allow themselves to believe that an embryo will “change” into a person when it gets older? Like how water doesn’t change into something different when there are more molecules of it present, an embryo doesn’t change into something different when more human cells become present; it only increases in size and development.

In the Second Reading, St. Paul says “It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal…the one who judges me is the Lord.” Many Christians don’t want to stick up for their faith in matters such as the rights of the unborn, for fear that people will get angry with them; the Christians fear being “judged” by mankind. Why should we be afraid of this? God is our Judge. People can’t touch our souls, unless we allow them to–so why on earth do we fear them? God’s the One Who loves us unconditionally and infinitely, Who has the power–and desire–to give us an everlasting life of peace and joy. We ought to worry about what He thinks of us, not about the ever-changing thoughts of our peers. And God is far more concerned with the lives of His unborn children than He is with the opinions of the people who wish to kill them (though he is very concerned about those people’s souls).

Switching back to the First Reading, God says “Even should [a mother] forget, I will never forget you.” Sticking up for the faith may seem hard for some Christians while we’re doing it; but God will remember us for such righteous deeds, for our obedience to His will. The pro-choicer’s idea of “good” is subjective and skewed; but the Lord’s is objective, and therefore perfect. Many people believing something, and saying so loudly, does not mean it is true. In our faith, we must choose to instead obey the real Truth of God; and for all of eternity, He will never forget us for it.

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.”–Jesus (Mt 22:37-38)

by Cameron Daly

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