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Christian Vocation A.1. Describe how a Christian may follow the call to discipleship through daily life and work. Jesus chose his disciples to learn how to be his followers and how to give their lives in service of others. Discipleship is the commitment to be selfless and to put other people before you. The commitment of discipleship may also mean losing your life for the faith, 'Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it, but anyone who loses their life for my sake and the sake of the gospel, will save it.' (Mark 9:34-37). In Mark 1:16-20 Jesus is choosing his disciples, Jesus says to Simon and Andrew, 'Come after me and I will make you fisher of people.' The message of this for modern Christians is to spread the word of God and to convert others to be followers of Jesus. Vocation is the belief that Christians have been called be God to be followers of Jesus, to be members of the Church and to make their pilgrimage on earth. The responsibility of Christians to follow this belief is to do their part and serve God as lay people. In the past religious people were seen as more important than the laity, but since the Second Vatican Council this view has changed, now lay people have much more to offer in the world. ...read more.


The vow chastity means that any member of a religious order will not be married or have a sexual partner. Similarly to the vow of poverty having a partner or family may take your focus off God and affect you work for God. For example it would be unfair to take a family abroad to help people living poverty, therefore you can't do the work God wants you to do. The vow obedience basically means to be dedicated to God and the work you do for God. Members of a religious order must be committed to their work and must obey the authority of the leaders of their order. A.3. Explain the purpose and practice of ONE particular religious community. In the 6th century St. Columba used the small Scottish island of Iona for his base to pass on the Christian message to the pagans of northern England. The community eventually died out, but in 1983 Rev. George Macleod decided to rectify the monastery built there in the 6th century and its community, he did so with a group unemployed people from Glasgow. He wanted them to experience living in such a community and hope the experience would increase their quality of life when they returned to Glasgow. Presently Iona has over 200 full members and over 800 associate members in its community, none of which live on the island, but they all visit for week each year. ...read more.


Jesus often prayed in times of need, for example Jesus prayed to God in Gethsemane, and Jesus often prayed for others so they could be saved. Therefore praying for others who don't pray could be very beneficial and necessary for them, as God can save them when the end comes. Also there is a risk of being involved in material possessions or finding a partner when you are active in the world. This is shown in the parable of 'the young rich man', were the man asked Jesus what else he needed to do to gain eternal life, when Jesus said he had to give away all his possessions the man went away sad 'for he was a man of great wealth' (Mark 10:17-22). Therefore being enclosed away from the world prevents the risk of defying God. I conclude after looking at both points of view that I still agree with the statement. I believe it is better for Christians to be active in the world because physical help in poor, underdeveloped countries can prevent suffering and can help improve people's quality of life. I believe it is more necessary than an enclosed life dedicated to prayer because it is more effective and useful. I do not think praying and worshipping God for a living is wrong because no one knows for sure what God wants us to do in his own convoluted creation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aaron McLaughlin 11Q1 ...read more.

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