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Meaning of Vocation

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RE Coursework Part A1 The word vocation has it's origins from the Latin word 'voca' meaning 'to call'. For Christians, this calling is from God. They are called to fulfil a specific role by becoming a disciple of Jesus through his Church, either by being lay or ordained. They follow and apply his calling to their everyday lives. This is what Jesus told the first disciples, "If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me". They had to follow Jesus' example and teachings. To be like him, they had to be willing to sacrifice everything for God, just as Jesus did. I.e. lose their lives so that they could find it. Lay people are baptised members of the Church, who do not belong to any religious order or congregation and are not ordained. ...read more.


This requires obedience, trust and faith. In Matthew 19: 16-22, a rich man told Jesus that he had followed all the commandments and asked what else he needed to do to achieve eternal life in heaven. Jesus told him, "Go, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me". Jesus asked the man to renounce the wealth which was so important to him so that he could follow Jesus fully, without distractions, but he was unable to do this. An everyday example of this is when you get married. The partners devote themselves to each other and forget their own needs and desires to become closer to one another. Another example is when a person decides to become a priest. ...read more.


Follow me means that Jesus expects his disciples to carry out his teachings and examples in their everyday lives. To follow him is to show the presence of him to other people. In Luke 5: 27-29, Levi, a tax collector, is sat at his tax booth. Jesus approaches him and asks Levi to follow him. He immediately gets up and leaves everything to follow him. This shows that Jesus' disciples must be ready to give up everything for his call, in complete faith and trust. An everyday example of this is when we fast during Lent, to remember when Jesus spent 40 days and nights in the desert, being tempted by the devil. We give something up to become closer to God. Another example is caring for the sick. We listen to God's call and we respond by going to visit those who are ill and need comforting during a difficult period. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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