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.
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.
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.”
Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks
only one single Word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses
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.
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.
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.”
“In the sacred books,
65 St. Augustine,
En. in Ps.
103, 4, 1: PL 37, 1378; cf.