The Profession of Faith
is to be salt of the earth and light of the world.
people is “a most sure seed of unity, hope, and salvation for the
whole human race.”
finally, “is the Kingdomof Godwhich has been begun
by God himself on earth and which must be further extended until
it has been brought to perfection by him at the end of time.”
A priestly, prophetic, and royal people
Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father anointed with the
Holy Spirit and established as priest, prophet, and king. The whole
People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears
the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them.
On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism,
one receives a share in this people’s unique,
“Christ the Lord, high priest taken from among men, has made this
new people ‘a kingdom of priests to God, his Father.’ The baptized,
by regeneration and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, are
to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood.”
“The holy People of God shares also in Christ’s
office,” above all in the supernatural sense of faith that belongs to
the whole People, lay and clergy, when it “unfailingly adheres to
this faith . . . once for all delivered to the saints,”
and when it
deepens its understanding and becomes Christ’s witness in the
midst of this world.
Finally, the People of God shares in the
Christ. He exercises his kingship by drawing all men to himself
through his death and Resurrection.
Christ, King and Lord of
the universe, made himself the servant of all, for he came “not to
be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
For the Christian, “to reign is to serve him,” particularly when
serving “the poor and the suffering, in whom the Church recog-
nizes the image of her poor and suffering founder.”
9 § 2.
208 Cf. John Paul II,
8; cf. 36.