A vocation is what God calls us to do with our lives. They take great commitment because they may not be what we were expecting and they can bring great challenges.
Throughout this week we will think about what sacrifices we can make so that God is the most important thing in our lives. We will have the opportunity to think about what our own futures hold and which vocations we may be called to.
As our action we will have the chance to create adverts about vocations which will help us to explore what these vocations involve and what qualities are required to be successful in our calling.
Whether we know what God wants us to do, or we are still listening out for God’s call, this week is about exploring what it means to make the commitment to a vocation and the difficulties and joys that this brings. Take the opportunity this week to think and to talk to God about where you are heading in your life and to listen for God’s call.
If you would like to reflect on some more of the scriptures related to this topic then you can use some of the scripture references below.
Most of these are taken from Open Bible and, using their Topical Bible Search facility, you can find lots more ideas!
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
1 Peter 2:9
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Listen to this song about committing our lives to Jesus.
Jesus gave up His life for us and we are asked to make the same commitment to God.
We don’t have to die on a cross but we are asked to answer God’s call and to commit to making God the most important thing in our lives.
The words of the song show that this is not always easy or simple to do.
How could you make God the most important thing in your life?
In what ways could you make a commitment to God?
This song could be used during Mass or Liturgies, play it again and try to join in as your prayer today.
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The person in this picture represents you.
Take some time to think carefully about what it is that you want to do in your life.
Do you think you have been called to a particular vocation?
How do you think you can do God’s work in your future?
Not everyone will know what they want to do right now, and it may change in the future, but we can always turn to God for guidance and reassurance that we have someone to care for us no matter which path we take or what vocation we choose.
Please help us Lord to do the right thing in our futures.
Help us to listen for your call.
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This week’s task is to make an advert for a vocation.
You could do this by making a poster, recording an audio advert for radio or even filming an advert for television.
Your advert should include information about:
What the vocation is
What tasks the person must do in this vocation
What qualities the person will need to follow this vocation
What sacrifices or compromises the person may have to make to follow God’s call and take up this vocation
Here are a few ideas of some vocations that you could advertise:
If you need some inspiration then listen to this advert for the perfect nanny from the film Mary Poppins.
Share your adverts with others to see if that makes them interested in the vocation you have chosen to advertise.
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Watch this news report about an american footballer who gave up playing football (or soccer as they call it in America!) to be a priest.
Do you think he’s making a bigger decision because he’s deciding to leave behind a career in football to be a priest?
How did Chase decide to become a priest?
Did people support his decision to be a priest?
Everyone who trains to be a priest, or who chooses any vocation needs others to pray for them so that they can have the strength to fulfil their calling.
Join together and say this Prayer for Priests that the Catholic communities in Nottingham are asked to pray.
Lord Jesus, the ministry of priests is a sign of your unfailing care.
Call from among us the priests needed for the Church of today and tomorrow.
Bless all students for the priesthood. Grant them joy, wisdom, courage and a generous spirit.
Sustain priests with a real sense of your love
and the support of those they are called to serve.
Keep them faithful to their calling.
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Watch this video and read the scripture below to hear about how Peter followed the calling of Jesus and took up his vocation.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
(Glory to you O Lord.)
As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers who were fishermen, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew, catching fish in the lake with a net. Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.” At once they left their nets and went with him.
He went on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat with their father Zebedee, getting their nets ready. Jesus called them, and at once they left the boat and their father, and went with him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)
Jesus gave his disciples a very clear request and call to come and work with him.
They all had a job that they were doing at the time which they had to leave behind.
Just like the first disciples there are things that we will have to leave and sacrifice so that we can follow Jesus’ call and fully commit to our life with God.
Think about the things that you need to give up in order to follow Jesus’ call.
How do you respond when you are asked to follow others?
What could you leave behind so that you can be a better disciple?