Q — A priest in his homily said that we baptized are all prophets, since we are sent forth to bring the prophetic message to others. “In religion, a prophet is an individual who is claimed to have been contacted by the supernatural or the divine, and to speak for them, serving as an intermediary with humanity, delivering this newfound knowledge from the supernatural entity to other people.”(Wikipedia) Why this focus on prophet rather than disciple?

A — Both terms are true. Let’s begin with “disciple.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
“From the beginning, Jesus associated his disciples with his own life, revealed the mystery of the Kingdom to them, and gave them a share in his mission, joy, and sufferings. Jesus spoke of a still more intimate communion between him and those who would follow him: ‘Abide in me and I in you... I am the vine, you are the branches.’” [par. 787]. “Disciple,” mathetes in Greek, is a very beautiful word for a follower of Christ and for that reason it is found 250 times in the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. “In many New Testament texts, therefore, the term ‘disciples’ may be taken as a virtual synonym for Christians or believers” [Avery Dulles, Models of the Church, Doubleday, 2002, p. 202].

Naming Christians “disciples” invites and motivates personal imitation of Jesus, shaping our entire lives around the imitation of our Blessed Lord. Likewise, just as Christ is “priest, prophet and king,” those baptized into Christ share in these aspects of the Lord and his ministry. The faithful share in Christ as “prophet” by witnessing to their faith, by evangelizing, according to their life circumstances and personal gifts. There is no competition between these two terms, “disciple” and “prophet.” Rather, each one highlights a particular dimension of what it means to be baptized.