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Scripture Passages on Vocation, Discernment, Priesthood

 
Discipleship: Call, Response
Discernment
Priesthood
Some Scripture for Particular Circumstances
 

v     Discipleship : Call, Response

Ø      Old Testament

§         Gen 12:1-4 Call of Abram: Leave your country, your family, and come…

§         Exo 3:1-6, 9-12 Call of Moses: I shall be with you…

§         1 Sam 3:1-10 Call of Samuel: Speak, O Lord, your servant is listening

§         1 Kgs 19:16, 19-21 Call of Elisha: Elisha rose up and followed Elijah

§         Isa 5:6-8 Call of Isaiah: Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?

§         Isa 42:6-7 “I have called you…I have grasped you by the hand…To open the eyes of the blind”

§         Isa 43:3 “I have called you by name, you are mine

§         Isa 45:4 “I have called you by your name…though you knew me not”

§         Isa 49:1 “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.”

§         Jer 1:4-10 The call of Jeremiah

§         Jer 20: 7-9 Response of Jeremiah: It seemed like a fire burning in my heart

§         Jer 29: 11-14 “I know well the plans I have in mind for you”

§         Hos 2:21-22 “I will espouse you in fidelity…”

Ø      New Testament

§         Mt 9: 35-38 The harvest is rich but the laborers are few

§         Mt 19: 16-30 The Rich Young Man

§         Mk 1:16-20 The Call of the first disciples

§         Mk 3:13 The Mission of the Twelve: “He summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him”

§         Mk 10: 17-27 Go and sell everything you own and follow me

§         Mk 10:28-30 You will be repaid a hundred times over

§         Lk 1:26-56 The Annunciation: Mary’s call

§         Lk 14:25-33 Any who do not carry their cross and come after me cannot be my disciple

§         Jn 1:35-51 The call of the first disciples: “Come and see”

§         Jn 10:2-3 “the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out”

§         Jn 15:9-17 You did not choose me; no, I chose you

§         Rm 1:6 “among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ”

§         Rm 8:28 “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose”

§         Rm 11:29 “For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable”

§         1 Cor 1: 26-31 “Not many of you were wise…Rather God chose the foolish…”

§         Gal 1:15 “God, who from my mother’s womb, had set me apart and called me through his grace”

§         Eph 1: 3-14 “To be holy and spotless and to live through love in His presence”

§         Php 3: 10-14 “to know him and the power…forgetting what lies behind…”

§         1 Pt 2:9-10 “God has called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light”
 

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v     Discernment

Ø      Old Testament

§         Deu 30:19-20 “I have set before you life and death…choose life!”

§         Sir 15:16-17 “There are set before you fire and water.”

Ø      New Testament

§         Mt 16:13-23 “Who do people say that I am?”

§         Acts 1:15-26 The choice of Matthias

§         Acts 6:1-6 The selection of the first deacons

§         Acts 13: 2-4 Paul and Barnabas selected by the Holy Spirit to go and preach

§         Acts 15:28 “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us…”

§         Rom 8:14-17 “You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear…”

§         Rom 12:1-2 “Do not conform yourself to this age…that you may discern”

§         1 Cor 2: 7-12 “this God has revealed to us…so that we may understand”

§         1 Cor 12:4-11 “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit”

§         Gal 5:16-26 The works of the flesh

§         Eph 1: 3-14 “…In him we were also chosen…”

§         Eph 1:17 “a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.”

§         1 Jn 4:1-3 “Do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God”
 

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v     Priesthood

§         John 13:1-14 The washing of the Disciples’ feet

§         1 Pet 2:2-10 “Come to him…let yourselves be built…to be a holy priesthood”

§         Heb 4:12-16 Jesus, the compassionate high priest

§         Heb 5:1-10 “Every high priest is taken from among men”

§         Heb 10:10-17 “Every priest stands daily at his ministry"
 

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v     Some Scripture for Particular Circumstances

§         I’m not holy enough: Isa 6:1-9; Lk 5:1-11

§         I’m afraid I will fail: Ex 14: 10-31; Lk 15

§         I’ve made mistakes and I’m a sinner: Jn 21:15-23; Mt 9:9-13; Lk 7:36-50

§         I’m too young: 1 Sam 3:1-18; 1 Sam 16:1-13; Jer 1:4-10; Lk 1:26-38

§         I’m not talented enough: 1 Sam 17:32-51; Lk 1: 26-38

§         I want to have a family: Gen 12:1-3; Mt 12:46-50; Mk 10:28-30

§         I want the good life: Mk 10:17-31; 1 Cor 2:9; Mt 13:44-46; Jn 10:10; Mt 16:24-27

§         I’m afraid of making a permanent commitment: Ruth 1:15-17; Mt 28:16-20; 1 Cor 12:5-10

§         I’m afraid of public speaking: Ex 4:10-17; Jer 1:4-10; Jer 1: 9-10

§         I’m not smart enough: 2 Cor 4:7-18; Ex 4:10-17

§         I’m afraid of being alone: Ex 3:4-22; Lk 1:28-38; Mt 28:20

§         I want to be happy: Ps 37:4; Mt 5: 1-12; Jn 10:10; Mk 10:28-31; 1 Cor 2:9
 

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 From the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Office of Vocations 
for Priesthood and Religious Life