Year C Sunday Gospel Reflections by John McKinnon

“… remember me when you come as king”

At the beginning of his Gospel in the Infancy Narrative, Luke had made clear that the infant Jesus was in fact the Christ awaited by many in Israel. However, in his public ministry, Jesus had not applied the title to himself. He had accepted Peter's proclamation of him as the Christ while in Caesarea Philippi - though he had immediately qualified it by the mention of his coming death. Only at his trial before the Sanhedrin, just hours before his crucifixion, did he publicly accept the title – because by then there was no likelihood of its being mistakenly interpreted.

In accepting the title, he radically redefined it. His power lay in his integrity and embraced powerlessness. It was essentially the power of love.

Today's Gospel passage recounts the reactions of various groups of people confronted with the spectacle of a crucified Christ.

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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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