Year A Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

Immediately they left the tomb, in awe and great joy

This evening’s Gospel passage from the Gospel of Matthew can be used also as the text for the Mass of Easter Day, in place of the reading from John’s Gospel offered in the Lectionary.

In his account of Jesus’ Passion, Matthew had been able to base his narrative on the previously written Gospel of Mark. However, Mark provided few details of Jesus’ resurrection. Matthew drew on other sources circulating within the Christian communities, yet his details were few in comparison to those in the Gospels of Luke and John.

Matthew’s account of Jesus’ Passion had concluded with Joseph of Arimathea hurriedly taking the body of Jesus, wrapping it in a length of clean linen cloth and placing it in his own new tomb. Mary Magdalene and the other [unidentified] Mary had observed proceedings and remained for some time afterwards quietly gazing at the tomb.

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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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