Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 207 — Its mission is to be salt of the earth and light of the world. 206 This people is “a most sure seed of unity, hope, and salvation for the whole human race.” — Its destiny, 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.” 207 A priestly, prophetic, and royal people 783 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. 208 784 On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism, one receives a share in this people’s unique, priestly vocation: “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 consecrated to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood.” 209 785 “The holy People of God shares also in Christ’s prophetic 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,” 210 and when it deepens its understanding and becomes Christ’s witness in the midst of this world. 786 Finally, the People of God shares in the royal office of Christ. He exercises his kingship by drawing all men to himself through his death and Resurrection. 211 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.” 212 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.” 213 The People 206 Cf. Mt 5:13-16. 207 LG 9 § 2. 208 Cf. John Paul II, RH 18-21. 209 LG 10; cf. Heb 5:1-5; Rev 1:6. 210 LG 12; cf. Jude 3. 211 Cf. Jn 12:32. 212 Mt 20:28. 213 LG 8; cf. 36. 849 769 436 873 1268 1546 92 2449