Year B Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

… the Spirit descended on him like a dove

With the Christmas cycle of feasts completed, the succession of Ordinary Sundays of the Year begins. These Gospel passages deal with the public ministry of Jesus, mainly in Galilee.
That ministry began with his Baptism and continued up to his Passion and Resurrection. Most of the Gospel passages for the rest of the Year will be taken from the Gospel of Mark, though there will also be some from the Gospel of John. The flow of the narrative will be interrupted by the Seasons of Lent and Easter.

Scholars are almost unanimous that the Gospel of Mark was the first of the Gospels to be written. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke, written about twenty years after Mark, both drew heavily on what Mark had already written, editing where appropriate and inserting a variety of Jesus’ teachings that were not included in Mark’s original version.

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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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