St. Paul declares, “None of us lives as his own master and none of us dies as his own master. While we live we are responsible to the Lord, and when we die, we die as His servants. Both in life and in death we are the Lord’s.” God’s absolute dominion over human life is the basis for the Church’s opposition to abortion and euthanasia, and any other kind of violence against human life. The “pro-choice” side chants, “My body, my life, my choice!” and the pro-euthanasia side chants, “My death!” But this reading declares that Christ is Lord both of the living and the dead. When the Church defends life, she not only defends the rights of the human person, but also the rights of God Himself, and His absolute dominion over human life.