Together with all Christians, we share in the constitution of the Church, the Pilgrim People of God, where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is kept alive and proclaimed (Const. 1.2).
The ministry of the Church is founded on a theological truth that defines both its mission and the identity of its ministers. It is this: Jesus Christ, by his death and resurrection, is the Savior of the world, who is extended in human history through his Body, the Church. The Church is the depository and guarantor of the Good News. She is the community through which Christ renews the world. But the Church is not the Savior, and neither are her ministers. Joined to Christ, the Head, and always attentive to his Spirit, the Church and her ministers serve as the “sacrament” of salvation, witnessing humbly and unambiguously to Christ whom they make present. The motto of ministry is always that of John the Baptist, “He must increase, I must decrease” (Jn. 3:29). Vigilance is called for in this matter. We must avoid the possibility that others stop at us and do not go to the one who is truly the Messiah, Jesus. So as to never forget this truth, the minister practices prayer, humility and patience.
Saliva doesn’t equal the sea. (Dogon)