Year A Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

This reflection will consider the shorter version of the Passion of Jesus as presented in the Gospel of Matthew, beginning with Jesus’ trial before Pilate the Roman governor. The story is well known and treated at length in all four Gospels. However, each author handles his material differently, to emphasise what he sees to be important.

Matthew based his narrative on the description of Jesus’ Passion written two decades earlier by Mark. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, none of the male disciples witnessed Jesus’ trial or crucifixion, though they would have heard about some of what happened from the faithful women disciples who watched from a distance. [John’s treatment of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion is narrated from a different standpoint and for a different purpose.]

This reflection will mention the details found only in the Gospel of Matthew.

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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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