Christianity: Our Reminder

Over the next three Sundays those who have been preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation in our community will be called to celebrate the Scrutinies. For the Elect and Candidates in the RCIA, this is a time of deep reflection on their individual journey of conversion. The Scrutinies are also at the core of the Lenten journey of the whole community. Each of the three Scrutinies is integrally connected to its respective Gospel narrative: the Samaritan Woman, the Healing of the Blind Man and the Raising of Lazarus. In each of these gospel stories we hear of an encounter between Jesus and another person. Coming to know Jesus and the mercy of God through him moves each person to reflect and to desire change for themselves and for their community. When we celebrate the Scrutinies, it is the living Word of God that scrutinizes and searches and calls to conversion, not only those preparing for the Sacraments, but all of us. As our Elect enter into the final phase of preparation we are reminded that we are all on a journey of conversion. It is a time to reflect on our own Baptismal promises and call. May this be a time of grace and blessing for those preparing for the Sacraments at Easter and may those graces and blessings make this Lenten journey a time of preparation, reflection and celebration for all of us. 

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