Most methods of Bible study involve three things:
studying a Bible passage, praying for personal understanding
of God's message, and applying it to one's life. A method
I like is the PRIMA process, which is explained in the
Catholic Youth Bible. Each letter of PRIMA stands
for a step in the process. Since PRIMA is the Latin word for
"first," it is also a reminder to put God first in your life.
Pray. Begin with a prayer, asking
that your time with Scripture will draw you closer to God.
Read the chosen passage carefully,
trusting that God will give you what you need to learn and
Imagine what was going on when the
passage was first written. If you can, investigate the historical
or cultural situation behind the passage. What message was
the author trying to get across? Also, imagine yourself as
one of the characters in the story. How would you have felt
in that person's place?
Meditate quietly on what you have
read, trying to be open to God's message for you.
Apply what you have read to your life.
Through the passage God might call you to address a particular
issue or relationship. Or you might find needed words of encouragement
or comfort. Whatever surfaces for you, make a commitment to
carry God's word into the rest of your day, indeed the rest
of your life.
Sarah Morin (17), Marie Steiner (17),
Leah Theobald (14) and Paul Theobald (16), all from Visitation
Parish in Eaton, Ohio, looked over this issue of Youth
Update and asked the questions which you will find answered
within its pages. Susan Gilmore, parish youth minister, welcomed
the group to her home.