Vocation = Calling
Christians believe that everyone is called by God
Vocation is the calling of God to every human being
Anyone may feel called to a certain profession or role in life
However a christian vocation isn't about worldly success or achievement, a Christian vocation is about a person 'serving God and serving others, loving God and loving others'
Responding to God's Call
Men and women called to live active lives supporting their Church in many different ways
Men and women are called to use their talents to support the Church and their faith
Sacrament of Holy Orders
Men called to be deacons, priests and bishops
Men are called to use their talents and become active members of the Church, such as deacons
Men and women called to live single lives as members of religious communities
Men and women are called to use their talents in their communities so they will gain from them, not lose
Deacon = helps with religious services, cannot perform mass, can get married
The Parable of the Talents
"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. <--gifts from God To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work <--he put his talents to work and gained five more <--called to earn more to please their master So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money " <--he his his talents away
"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master', he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more'."
"His master replied, 'Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'" <--reward for his work
"The man with the two talents also came. 'Master', he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more."
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'"
"Then the man who had received one talent came. 'Master', he said,'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed'. <--doing something when you have not done the thing before it? So I was afraid and went out and hid you…