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Part One

99

Thanks to its supernatural sense of faith, the People

of God as a whole never ceases to welcome, to pene-

trate more deeply, and to live more fully from the gift

of divine Revelation.

100

The task of interpreting the Word of God authentical-

ly has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the

Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in com-

munion with him.

A

rticle

3

SACRED SCRIPTURE

I.

C

hrist

—T

he

U

nique

W

ord of

S

acred

S

cripture

101

In order to reveal himself to men, in the condescension of

his goodness God speaks to them in human words: “Indeed the

words of God, expressed in the words of men, are in every way like

human language, just as the Word of the eternal Father, when he

took on himself the flesh of human weakness, became like men.”

63

102

Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks

only one single Word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses

himself completely:

64

You recall that one and the same Word of God extends

throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance

that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since

he who was in the beginning God with God has no need of

separate syllables; for he is not subject to time.

65

103

For this reason, the Church has always venerated the

Scriptures as she venerates the Lord’s Body. She never ceases to

present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of

God’s Word and Christ’s Body.

66

104

In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nour-

ishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a humanword,

“but as what it really is, the word of God.”

67

“In the sacred books,

63

DV

13.

64 Cf.

Heb

1:1-3.

65 St. Augustine,

En. in Ps.

103, 4, 1: PL 37, 1378; cf.

Ps

104;

Jn

1:1.

66 Cf.

DV

21.

67

1 Thess

2:13; cf.

DV

24.

65, 2763

426-429

1100, 1184

1378