Year B Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

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The season of Advent presents a call to constant readiness – readiness for the ultimate face-to-face encounter with the risen Christ, and entry into the definitive state of eternal life. The Church uses the memory of the first coming of Christ into sin-scarred humanity to reassure and to concretise, as it were, his final coming in his transforming risen humanity. The season will culminate as the Church remembers and celebrates the birth of Christ. But before that it winds backwards.

This Sunday the Church looks forward to the final coming of Christ.

Over the next two weeks, it will remember the ministry of John, the Baptist, preparing the people for the public appearance of the adult Jesus among them, and his ongoing ministry. On the fourth Sunday, the Church will recall the circumstances of the original conception of Jesus in the womb of the young woman, Mary, the betrothed of Joseph.

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Year B 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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