Year A Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“I am with you always …”

The universal Christian conviction is that the risen Jesus, while no longer physically present in this world, nevertheless is alive and active in it – somehow.

Mark hardly addressed the question “How?” Luke sought to approach the mystery graphically, with his story of Ascension, particularly elaborated in his second volume, Acts of Apostles, and the subsequent striking descent of the Spirit of Jesus on the praying disciples ten days afterwards. John spoke of Jesus’ sending the “other Paraclete”, and “breathing the Spirit” into the disciples on the day of his resurrection.

Today’s Gospel passage is taken from Matthew’s Gospel, and will be the subject of this reflection.

Matthew had concluded his account of Jesus’ resurrection with Jesus’ injunction to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary that they go and tell the disciples, Jesus’ “brothers”, that they were “to go back into Galilee. There they would see him”.

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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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