As we enter into the season of Lent, are you ready for a deepening of your relationship with God? What new things does God desire for you in this new season? How do you want to be different when you wake up on Easter morning?
During Lent there are special Gospel readings that are read on certain Sundays as part of the rituals for the Elect in RCIA; these are called the Scrutinies. These Gospel passages have many layers and rich symbolism that we often miss at first glance, even if we have heard them many times before. All are invited to encounter Jesus as He ministers to the Samaritan woman at the well, as He heals the man born blind, and as He raises Lazarus from the dead.
Video, First Session: The Woman
Video, Second Session: The Blind Man
-In what ways has faith opened your eyes to see yourself, your life and others differently?
-What things are still areas of blindness or difficulty for you in your relationship with God?
-The only thing you own is your sin. How does that statement impact you?
-Have you ever felt “cast out” like the blind man?
-What do you find most difficult in being bold an outspoken about your faith?
-In what ways do you need healing?
Video, Third Session: Lazarus
Study Material: Third Session
Questions for Reflection:
-Have you ever felt like Mary & Martha: abandoned by God?
-When you pray do you tell God what you need, or what you want Him to do? What is the difference between the two?
-Do you trust God? Why or why not?
-Are there areas of your life you still need to en-trust to God? What are they, and how might you begin to do that?
-Which is greater in your life right now, your faith or your fear? Why?
-In what ways is Jesus bringing resurrection and life to you today?