Year A Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“… be on the watch, since you know neither the day nor the hour”

The return of Jesus and the end of the world were important issues for the early disciples. They wrongly expected them to happen within their lifetimes. By the time that Matthew wrote his Gospel, the fact that sixty or so years had passed since Jesus had been killed, and nothing had yet happened, had an unsettling effect on many early Christians. The prospect of the early return of Jesus, coupled with the threat of final judgment, had provided an incentive to fervour and serious conversion of heart. Matthew was concerned that further delay might be responsible for a lessening of commitment and a cooling of fervour.

Today’s parable is the second of three that Matthew added to a collection of sayings of Jesus about the coming destruction of Jerusalem and its temple, and the end of the present era [which in some ways it exemplified]. Each of the three parables, in its own way, dealt with the imperative need to live a fully committed Christian life without the pressure presented by the prospect of the imminent return of Jesus.

The Gospel’s response to the delay was to insist, nevertheless, that Jesus would return unannounced and unexpected, and to repeat the mantra, “Keep alert, stay awake, be ready!” Today’s parable is usually referred to as the “Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins”.

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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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