Year C Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“…when the Son of Man comes, will he still find faith on earth?”

Today's Gospel passage follows immediately on a discussion that Jesus had been having with his disciples about the coming of God's Kingdom. It was a question that concerned the first disciples. It certainly was a question exercising the minds of Luke's readers; and it speaks to the questions of many disciples today. Is the world getting any better? Is God really at work in it? Will work for justice ever produce real and lasting fruit?

Given the resistance to Jesus' message of non-violent love as the guiding principle for human interactions, the temptation to lose heart is strong. So Luke produced a teaching of Jesus to address the issue.

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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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