Year of Faith: The Scrutinies
The scrutinies are special rites to prepare catechumens for baptism at Easter. They take place on the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent. The scrutinies are meant to uncover and heal all that is weak, defective or sinful in the hearts of the elect, and to strengthen all that is upright and good.
They reinforce the conversion process of the elect, deepening their resolve to love God above everything and to follow Christ. The Gospel readings associated with the scrutinies are the woman at the well (John 4), the man born blind (John 9) and the raising of Lazarus (John 11).