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God’s Call to Humankind: Towards a Theology of Vocation

Laurence J. O’Connell
Etymology:
“a calling to a state of life”
Latin vocare: “to call”, to summon, to call one over, invoke, “to invite”,
the act of naming or designating (to complete the act of creation)
The Old Testament Motif:
Humankind is invited to Garden of Eden  humankind is beckons
Vocation is the alpha and omega points of God’s interaction with his
creation
God not only created humankind but gave man a vocation from the
beginning: cooperate with him with the on-going process of creation
To be called something was tantamount to being it  naming 
symbolic of primary calling of man which is co-creation  humankind
plays a role so humankind is called to be God’s PARTNER  expressed
in theme of COVENANT
Call to Covenant
The foundation to the covenant is God’s call:
1st: God calling humankind into existence
2nd: God’s invitation to humankind to cooperate with him in the ongoing process of creation
3rd: God calling humankind into a covenant relationship with Himself
“creatures, co-creators, and partners”
New Testament
Greek term kalein: “to call”, to name, to invite
New covenant in the person of Jesus Christ, response to God’s call in
OT is not ambiguous anymore; God announced the details of his call to
humankind in the form of the Verbum Incarnatum, the Word Incarnate,
who is Jesus Christ.
Jesus was sent to call humankind back to the Creator. In revealing the
call of the Father, Christ invites a response (he is the kalon)
The Mission of Jesus  our advocate or advocare before the Father
To invite humankind back tot heir original vocation or calling, sharing
deeply in the very life of the Creator. Since we were sin-stained, we
were alienated from the Creator. In Jesus, God repeated his call to
humankind, offering men and women the opportunity to repent, to be
reconciled, to be called to their original vocation.
The new covenant is perfect because we are assured of everlasting
access to the presence of God
Christ is the full expression of God’s call to humankind
Kalloumenoi  those who are called/accepted the call of Christ who

The contemporary theology of the Church understands ministry as a . The entire history of God’s interaction with humankind revolves around the notion of vocation: co-creation. identity of Jesus himself and the Church’s is rooted in vocation Kleisis  the calling. Vatican II counterbalanced. especially the rights and powers of its officers. and ultimately to full participation in His Kingdom Isolationism has been the tendency to exaggerate the relative significance of the call to “religious” life and/or priesthood. to some extent. Dialogical understanding of vocation Call-response pattern The understanding of vocation as a specific response rather than a specific call displays a remarkable congeniality with the so-called inclusive ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council -The Church was described in terms of its visible structures. while overlooking the authentic call-character of other modes of Christian living Baptismal Commitment Priesthood and religious life are specific ways of living out one’s baptismal commitment to the Christian vocation. the Christian vocation  to continue the revelation of God’s call to all his creation/proclaim the Good News The Christian Vocation In Baptism a person responds to God’s call in Christ.” Church life relates to more than the rights and powers of its officers. however. They are not. accepting a calling of his own which is the Christian vocation. Second Vatican Council – vocation is a general call specific to people. not specific to be a priest. it pertains to “communion with God and unity among all men” Implications for Ministry The notion of ministry with the Roman Catholic Church has been significantly influenced by the inclusive ecclesiology of Vatican II. It gave emphasis to the fact that all men and women are called by God in Christ and creation to a “catholic unity which prefigures and promotes universal peace. nun etc but you still have the capability to respond to the vocational call because you choose to do it A Personal Response An active. Christian life in the Church. special or exclusive ways of being. this excessively exclusive ecclesiology by portraying the Church as the People of God. loving covenant. self-determined response to a general call A vocation is not simply given but is rather constituted through the interplay of God’s general call and the individual’s personal response.Ekklesia  the Church or the assembly of those who have been called So.

corporate or shared activity which involves. Each generation. every member of the community. each individual is a vehicle of on-going revelation. a conduit of God’s call to His creation . potentially at least. In summary. there are no special vocations. only specific states in life.