THE SCRUTINIES CONTINUE
During the season of Lent, the Church celebrates the calling of the Catechumens, now called the Elect, to prepare themselves for baptism at the Easter Vigil and invites the parish to join with them in this time of spiritual purification and enlightenment. The Rites of “Scrutiny” are meant to uncover and then heal all that is sinful in the hearts of the Elect, and to uncover and strengthen all that is and good.
Quite literally, the Scrutinies are about seeing. They are a means of seeing sin in its true aspect and seeing Christ as the liberator of us all. The Elect will reflect on the sin in their own lives, in order to turn away from it and walk into the light of Christ at baptism. Because the entire community will renew its baptismal promises at Easter, we too will examine our lives in light of God’s word.
The Scrutinies open our eyes, so that we can experience the freeing touch of Grace, which restores our sight and lets us see good and evil, sin and Grace, as they really are. By journeying with the Elect and by praying and reflecting through the Scrutinies, we will open ourselves to experiencing Lent at its fullest, growing in our faith, and deepening our conversion.
This week, the Elect experienced through the Gospel of John the Grace of Christ, who is the living water (Gospel of the Samaritan woman at the well) in the first Scrutiny. Next week at the Saturday, 5:15pm Mass, the Elect will experience the Grace of Christ, who is the light of the world (Gospel of the man born blind whom Jesus heals) in the second Scrutiny.
Please join us as we continue with the Elect, Karly House, and our Candidates, Daniella and Julia Spitelli, on their faith journey toward the Easter Vigil. Please offer prayers for all of them during this blessed season of Lent!
If you are interested in becoming Catholic or wish to have a conversation about your faith journey, please contact Father Rodolfo Ramirez, Director of RCIA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-382-5300.