Year A Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“Whoever eat my flesh and drink my blood dwell in me and I in them”

Scholars generally agree that today’s text from the Gospel of John has been inserted by the final editor into the end of a longer discourse on the bread of life. In that longer discourse, Jesus had taken his lead from his miraculous feeding of the five thousand with bread and fish. He had stated that his teaching was what truly nourished people and strengthened them for eternal life. In contrast to the manna, the original “bread from heaven” that had temporarily kept the early Israelites alive in the desert of Sinai, Jesus’ teaching was the true bread from heaven, the true nourishment that would enable people to live forever with the life of God.

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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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