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The Profession of Faith

37

V.

S

acred

S

cripture

in

the

L

ife of

the

C

hurch

131

“And such is the force and power of the Word of God that

it can serve the Church as her support and vigor and the children

of the Church as strength for their faith, food for the soul, and a

pure and lasting font of spiritual life.”

109

Hence “access to Sacred

Scripture ought to be open wide to the Christian faithful.”

110

132

“Therefore, the ‘study of the sacred page’ should be the

very soul of sacred theology. The ministry of the Word, too—​

pastoral preaching, catechetics, and all forms of Christian instruc-

tion, among which the liturgical homily should hold pride of place​

—is healthily nourished and thrives in holiness through the Word

of Scripture.”

111

133

The Church “forcefully and specifically exhorts all the

Christian faithful . . . to learn ‘the surpassing knowledge of Jesus

Christ,’ by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. ‘Ignorance of

the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.’”

112

IN BRIEF

134

All Sacred Scripture is but one book, and this one

book is Christ, “because all divine Scripture speaks

of Christ, and all divine Scripture is fulfilled in

Christ” (Hugh of St. Victor,

De arca Noe

2, 8: PL 176,

642: cf. ibid. 2, 9: PL 176, 642-643).

135

“The Sacred Scriptures contain the Word of God and,

because they are inspired they are truly the Word of

God” (

DV

24).

136

God is the author of Sacred Scripture because he in-

spired its human authors; he acts in themand bymeans

of them. He thus gives assurance that their writings

teach without error his saving truth (cf.

DV

11).

137

Interpretation of the inspired Scripture must be atten-

tive above all to what God wants to reveal through the

sacred authors for our salvation. What comes from the

109

DV

21.

110

DV

22.

111

DV

24.

112

DV

25; cf.

Phil

3:8 and St. Jerome,

Commentariorum in Isaiam libri xviii

prol.: PL 24, 17b.

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