Year B Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“… Proclaim the good news to the entire creation”

Mark had finished his Gospel abruptly. He had told how three women disciples had gone to the tomb of the crucified Jesus, found it empty, and learnt from ‘a young man clothed in white’ that the body of Jesus was no longer there because he had been raised from the dead. The ‘young man’ had commissioned them to bring the news to the disciples and tell them that they would meet the risen Jesus in Galilee. The Gospel then tersely added that the women told no one anything because they were overwhelmed with fear and awe.

Mark’s abrupt ending was apparently too abrupt for some. Later unknown scribes added an addition to the text, drawn largely from details contained in other Gospel accounts and Luke’s Acts of Apostles. [That addition was eventually accepted by the Church as inspired.]

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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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