Year C Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“I must be busy with my Father's affairs”

Whenever reflecting on the Gospel, it is important to seek always what the author intended to convey. That is the inspired message. This is particularly true in approaching Luke's [and Matthew's] infancy narratives: What did the authors intend to convey?

There is no particular reason to suppose that their interest in Jesus' infancy was historical. Apart from a few facts contained in the tradition, they probably knew nothing of Jesus' early years. They were interested in his adult life and his ministry. Their intention in composing their different infancy stories was to raise themes that would unfold in detail in Jesus' later life.

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Year C 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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