Year B Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“… you will conceive in your womb and will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus”

During Advent the Church looks to the future; but to come to terms with that future, it first looks back, to when the seeds of that future were first sown. In the risen and ascended humanity of Christ, human persons have been enabled to become sharers in the divine nature. But that transformation began when divinity came to share in human nature. The divine Word of God emptied himself, took to himself human flesh and blood, and become human. The mystery is beyond human comprehension, yet it happened in the womb of the young unmarried Jewish woman named Mary.

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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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