Catechism of the Catholic Church

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. 94 2653 1792