Year C Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“ … the Son of Man came to seek out and to save whoever is lost”

Jerusalem, the city of destiny was not far away – just a day's journey. Luke's Gospel is the only one to include this incident, and he uses it to draw to a conclusion his collection of Jesus' teachings that he saw as relevant to the disciples for whom he was writing, and, indeed, remain so to readers living now within the Christian community.

On a number of occasions, Luke had showed Jesus referring to the difficult questions arising from the different economic levels of disciples living within the same Christian community. Today's passage adds a further response to those questions. The passage is particularly relevant to Christians in the relatively rich Western nations as they seek to live with integrity in today's global world where so many million others go to bed hungry each night.

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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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