Vocare is a Latin word meaning “to call,” and the Vocare ministry is one that is designed for young adults (18-30) to begin the process of exploring what it is that God may be calling them to do. Usually taking place over a single weekend each year, the Vocare experience is one in which young adults gather in community to intentionally engage with and explore their God-given vocations in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
We are often told that God has a calling for each of us. But what does this really mean? During the weekend, you’ll have the chance to explore that very question. And remember that the scriptures are filled with references to the church as a people called by God:
- In Isaiah, the words of God’s call to Israel is couched in very personal terms: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine…you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:1,4)
- The Apostle Paul writes to the Church in Corinth that they are “called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.” (1 Corinthians 1:2).
- We hear that the Christian life is a pressing on “toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)
- Paul prays for the faithful, “asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
We each have a vocation – a God given calling and charge – for our own lives. Each Christian is called, through the sacrament of Holy Baptism, into a life lived for Jesus Christ, and is equipped at the Holy Eucharist with the assurance of Jesus Christ’s very presence with us today as we “do the work He has given us to do – to love and to serve Him as faithful witness of Christ our Lord.”