Year A Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“I came into the world for judgment, so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind”

Like last week's Gospel passage, this Sunday's one is also taken from the Gospel of John. It has been selected because of its relevance to the Sacrament of Baptism that the Church celebrates at the approaching Easter Vigil. Initiation into the Christian community through baptism enables the baptised to see life through new eyes.

Today's passage follows a long discussion in the Gospel, spread over three chapters, that had endeavoured to expose the dynamic that blinded the professional leaders of Israel, most of them good people, and that led them eventually to crucify Jesus. It was a reflection basically on what has come to be called "systemic sin" – the power embedded in the sub-cultures of all institutions to blind their adherents to realities that to others are obvious.

The passage deals with the movement to faith of a man born blind, paralleled with the movement to considered blindness of otherwise normal believers.

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Year A Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

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John McKinnon is a priest of the diocese of Ballarat, Western Victoria, who studied for six years in Rome where he was ordained in 1957. On reaching the age of 75 in 2008, he retired from official parish work and has made himself available for other…


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John McKinnon is a priest of the diocese of Ballarat, Western Victoria, who studied for six years in Rome where he was ordained in 1957. On reaching the age of 75 in 2008, he retired from official parish work and has made himself available for other ministries in the diocese. During his life as priest he has been parish priest, Diocesan chaplain of the Young Christian Workers Movement, lectured at the Institute of Catholic Education in Ballarat, and worked at a national level in the ongoing education of priests. He has given retreats to priests in most of the dioceses of Australia, as well as to religious and laity. Of recent years, he has been drawn on to give regular spiritual support to priests, religious and laity, particularly in the more isolated areas of his diocese.

John said: "My aim in these talks is to provide background for people who wish to reflect on the Sunday Gospels in the light of their own personal experience and to apply them to their lives. I shall examine each text, seeking to explain details that may not be familiar, and trying to determine the particular nuances of Jesus' message that the author of the gospel wished to emphasise. I shall conclude each talk with three questions that may help people's personal reflection and application of the Gospel's message."

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