BISHOP GEOFFREY ROBINSON…
In cooperation with Bishop Geoffrey Robinson and his publisher, John Garratt Publishing, we have pleasure in presenting the end chapter meditations from his book which has created so much interest around the world. Today the reflection comes from Chapter Ten.
"The Return to an Original Sexual Ethic"
It is in their personal relationships that most people find the deepest and most rewarding sources of love in their lives.
Since love is the deepest longing of the human heart, these personal relationships are as important to us as the air we breathe and the food we eat. Without them our lives would wither and die. They are subtle and fragile, and yet touch profound depths within us.
If we deliberately or carelessly harm the relationships of a person, all of our alleged respect for that person's life, possessions and good name is pretence and deception.
Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, God is big enough to brush aside most of our direct offences, but cares passionately about what we do to other people, and in a particular way to their relationships.
"Love one another", said Jesus, that is, make sure that your
relationships with other persons are based on more than your own self-interest
or pleasure. Make sure they are relationships that avoid all harm and
do everything positive to help others to grow to become all they are capable
Credit: These meditations are taken from the end of chapter reflections in Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's book, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church — Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus, published by John Garratt Publishing. We thank Bishop Robinson and John Garratt Publishing for permission to reproduce these meditations on Catholica Australia.
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©2007 Geoffrey Robinson