Year C Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“… unless you radically change your ways, you will all perish in the same way”

The context of today's Gospel passage provides a useful pointer to its interpretation. Jesus was presumably still up in Galilee, where he had been forewarning his disciples about accountability and the need to be always attentive to the opportunities of the present moment. He had then addressed the crowds, reproaching them for their inability to be alert to the signs of the times. The approach of both disciples and crowds to Jesus' challenge to conversion had been consistently far too casual.

The relevance of the passage to the season of Lent is clear. The only time we have to live is each present moment. The time for choice, the time for radical conversion, is always now.

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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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