Meeting across three time zones, the St. John’s High School / College Youth Group last night learned about Lectio Divina, and focused on the Luke passage about the Prodigal Son. The Middle School Group, with all members in the PDT time zone, listened to the same passage.

Classic Lectio Divina is a way to dive deep into scripture by reading the same scripture using different versions, e.g., NIV, RSV, Good News, etc., and then praying about the passage in a loving conversation with God, meditating over the passage, contemplating the passage, then engaging in action about the passage with a call to “go and do likewise”.

The Youth Groups took a slightly different approach and focused on different readings of the Prodigal Son passage, but then each participant used clay to create an illustration about the parable and shared their creation with the group. What did they come up? See the pics.

Mrs. Patti wrapped up both Youth Groups with this brief homily: In the parable of the prodigal son the two brothers represent us. The father represents God. This story is about God welcoming us back. He is looking out for us each day. There’s nothing we can do that separates us from how much God loves us. The worst thing you can possibly think of won’t separate us from Him. The only thing we have to do is get back on the road, and go home to our Father. And then there will be celebrating and rejoicing in heaven because we have come back together.

“God says no matter what you do, He will always be waiting for you. He will open his arms to embrace and receive you. He loves you on your perfect days and on your not so perfect days. God is standing on the porch saying, ‘I made you. No matter what, I love you. You are mine. I have nothing but love for you.’ You will know it when it happens, I guarantee it. You’ll *know* that God loves you. To me the parable of the Prodigal Son is all about God’s love. No matter how bad your day is, or your life is, God is always waiting for us. Why? Just because he does. No matter what, no matter when.”

A Youth Group hike is set for Sunday, October 11, 10:30 a.m. at Newport Beach’s Back Bay Trail Parking lot at University Drive and Irvine Avenue. The easy, mostly flat hike is about three miles. After, we’ll either head for lunch or have you pack one — we’ll let you know which later on. Yes, we’ll socially distance, and yes, masks are needed. Let Mrs. Patti know if you can attend, and, as always, feel free to bring some friends. Reach out to her via email.

If you’re in middle or high school and want to join the Youth Group Zoom meetings for middle school or high school / college, shoot Mrs. Patti an email. Here’s the schedule: Middle School — grades six through eight — meets Tuesdays from 7 – 7:45 p.m.; High School meets Wednesdays from 7 – 7:45 p.m. The YG’s adult leaders are Mrs. Patti, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, Mike Olivor, and Joe Miramontes.

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