SCRUTINY: What It Means For Us
One of the greatest accomplishments of the Second Vatican Council was the restoration of the ancient rites that brought people into the early Christian church. Named the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, known today as the RCIA.
This restored rite reinstated a path for adults that bring them into a
very real encounter with Christ; something we cradle Catholics may have
never fully experienced. During the season of Lent we journey with the Elect and Candidates.
Their powerful witness to us should serve as an inspiration to
strengthen our own relationship with the Lord. Over the next few weeks
the Elect and Candidates will experience three scrutinies: rituals that
invite them to pray in an especially open way for healing and
deliverance. Just so should we, the fully initiated, open ourselves to
scrutiny and pray for restoration and release from the demons who haunt
us. Here is an adapted version of the powerful Prayer of Exorcism.
Perhaps each of us could use it in our own way this Lent: Lord, Jesus,
you are the fountain for which I thirst, you are the Master whom I seek.
In your presence I dare not claim to be without sin, for you alone are
the Holy One of God. I open my heart to you in faith, I confess my
faults and lay bare my hidden wounds. In your love free me from my
infirmities, heal my sickness, quench my thirst, and give me peace. Show
me the way of salvation in the Holy Spirit that I may come to worship
the Father in truth, for you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
(March 14, 2004)