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1st Scrutiny: John 4:5-42 - The Samaritan Woman at the Well
5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." 8 His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered and said to her,
"If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you,
'Give me a drink,'
you would have asked him
and he would have given you living water."
11(The woman) said to him, "Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?" 13 Jesus answered and said to her,
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
14 but whoever drinks the water I shall give
will never thirst
;
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
15The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." 16Jesus said to her, "Go call your husband and come back." 17The woman answered and said to him, "I do not have a husband." Jesus answered her, "You are right in saying, 'I do not have a husband.' 18For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true." 19The woman said to him, "Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem." 21Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. 23But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. 24God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth." 25 The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Anointed; when he comes, he will tell us everything." 26Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one who is speaking with you." 27At that moment his disciples returned, and were amazed that he was talking with a woman, but still no one said, "What are you looking for?" or "Why are you talking with her?" 28The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people, 29"Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Messiah?" 30They went out of the town and came to him. 31Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat." 32But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." 33So the disciples said to one another, "Could someone have brought him something to eat?" 34Jesus said to them,
"My food
is to do the will of the one who sent me
and to finish his work.
35Do you not say,
'In four months the harvest will be here'?
I tell you,
look up and see the fields
ripe for the harvest.
36The reaper is already receiving his payment
and gathering crops for eternal life,
so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
37For here the saying is verified that
'One sows and another reaps.'
38I sent you to reap
what you have not worked for;
others have done the work,
and you are sharing the fruits of their work."
39Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me everything I have done." 40When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41Many more began to believe in him because of his word, 42and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world."
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2nd Scrutiny: John 9: 1-41 - Man Born Blind
1 As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3Jesus answered, "Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.
4We have to do the works of the one who sent me
while it is day.
Night is coming when no one can work.
5While I am in the world,
I am the light of the world."
6When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, 7and said to him, "Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to see. 8His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, "Isn't this the one who used to sit and beg?" 9Some said, "It is," but others said, "No, he just looks like him." He said, "I am." 10 So they said to him, "(So) how were your eyes opened?" 11He replied, "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' So I went there and washed and was able to see." 12And they said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I don't know." 13They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees. 14Now Jesus had made clay 4 and opened his eyes on a sabbath. 15So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see." 16So some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath." (But) others said, "How can a sinful man do such signs?" And there was a division among them. 17So they said to the blind man again, "What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." 18Now the Jews did not believe that he had been blind and gained his sight until they summoned the parents of the one who had gained his sight. 19They asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How does he now see?" 20His parents answered and said, "We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21We do not know how he sees now, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him, he is of age; he can speak for him self." 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged him as the Messiah, he would be expelled from the synagogue. 23For this reason his parents said, "He is of age; question him." 24So a second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, "Give God the praise! 6 We know that this man is a sinner." 25He replied, "If he is a sinner, I do not know. One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see." 26 So they said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" 27He answered them, "I told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?" 28 They ridiculed him and said, "You are that man's disciple; we are disciples of Moses! 29We know that God spoke to Moses, but we do not know where this one is from." 30The man answered and said to them, "This is what is so amazing, that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him. 32It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything." 34They answered and said to him, "You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?" Then they threw him out. 35When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" 36He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" 37Jesus said to him, "You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he." 38He said, "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him. 39 Then Jesus said,
"I came into this world
for judgment,
so that those who do not see might see,
and those who do see might become blind."
40Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, "Surely we are not also blind, are we?" 41Jesus said to them,
"If you were blind,
you would have no sin;
but now you are saying,
'We see,' so your sin remains."

Questions for Personal Reflections :

Q1 : You have come and accepted our Lord Jesus Christ as the Light. Do others see a conversion in you? What are the changes ?
Q2 :You are now no longer Catechumen but the Elects. How confident are you when you come face to face with "Darkness" in certain stages of your life ? Give reasons for your answers.
Q3 :Do you think somewhere in your life, you are like the Pharisees, able to see but are spiritually blind ? What are your Spiritual Blindness ? How do you overcome this Spiritual Blindness ?
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3rd Scrutiny: John 11:1-45 - The Raising of Lazurus
1 Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill. 3So the sisters sent word to him, saying, "Master, the one you love is ill." 4When Jesus heard this he said, "This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." 5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was. 7Then after this he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea." 8The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?" 9Jesus answered,
"Are there not twelve hours in a day?
If one walks during the day, he does not stumble,
because he sees the light of this world.
10But if one walks at night, he stumbles,
because the light is not in him."
11He said this, and then told them, "Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him." 12So the disciples said to him, "Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved." 13But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep. 14So then Jesus said to them clearly, "Lazarus has died. 15And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him." 16So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go to die with him." 17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away. 19And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22(But) even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you." 23Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise." 24Martha said to him, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day." 25Jesus told her,
"I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
26and everyone who lives and believes in me
will never die.
Do you believe this?"
27She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world." 28When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, "The teacher is here and is asking for you." 29As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 For Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still where Martha had met him. 31So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." 33When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled, 34and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Sir, come and see." 35And Jesus wept. 36So the Jews said, "See how he loved him." 37But some of them said, "Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?" 38So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. 39Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, "Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days." 40Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?" 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
"Father, I thank you for hearing me.
42I know that you always hear me;
but because of the crowd here
I have said this,
that they may believe that you sent me."
43And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, "Untie him and let him go." 45Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

Questions for Personal Reflections :

Q1 : Are there any areas in your life that is holding you back from wanting to know Jesus more ?
Q2 :Are you able to free yourself on your own ? Do you need help from friends, your loved ones to help you unbind ? Who are your friends, loved ones who have helped you unbind ?
Q3 :What has been your experience of Jesus calling you out of your tomb, unbinding you and setting you free, and giving you new life?
Q4 :Do you want freedom? What would that freedom mean to you?
Q5 :What else is keeping you bound and not freed?
Q6 :How is Jesus the resurrection and the life for you right now (not just in the next life)?
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