For the Weekend of March 7, 2021
Dear People of God,
This Sunday, the first scrutiny of the catechumens takes place throughout our diocese. We here
at MHC continue to walk the journey to full communion that our catechumen has been on
these past two years with prayerful, fraternal support. I give special thanks to Tony Marincovich
and his RCIA team who have been so faithful in leading and directing our catechumens and elect
here at MHC for these past years. Thank you for another job well done, in with and under the
difficult and trying conditions that COVID-19 has created for us all.
This is one of those weeks, that because of the Scrutinies, the preacher has to provide a homily
on Saturday evening with one set of readings, and a second homily on Sunday with a different
set of readings.
On Saturday: The reading from John tells us of Jesus cleansing the temple from all that was not
holy. Jesus did not simply lose His temper. It was hatred for sin and love for the sinner that
drove Him to this holy wrath. Jesus did what he did to show His love for His Father, whose house
they were in, and He loved the people enough to passionately rebuke the sin they were
Reflect today about those parts of your life that Jesus wants top cleanse. Allow Him to speak
directly and firmly to you so that you will be driven to repentance.
On Sunday: The story of a woman who meets Jesus at the well is recounted. The woman comes
to the well at noon, in the heat of the day, so as to avoid the other women of her town for fear
of encountering their judgment upon her, for she was a sinful person. Jesus speaks with her for
a while and she is deeply touched by this casual but transforming conversation.
As we hear the story unfold, we need to reflect upon the undeniable thirst within each of us.
Once we are aware of it, make the conscious choice to let Jesus satisfy that thirst with Living
Water. If we do this, maybe we too will leave the many “jars” behind that never satisfy for very
Many thanks for all those who made the Lenten Retreat day the blessing that it was.
As usual please remember to pray for all of the Salesians in our presence here at MHC . . . especially those at St. Philip Residence. Be assured we will be doing the same for you.
Fr. Steve Dumais, SDB.