102 Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks Only 2763 one single Word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses himself 6j completely:6~ 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.6~ 103 For this reason, the Church has always venerated the Scrip— iioo, 1184 tures as she venerates the Lord’s Body. She never ceases to present 1378 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 nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, ‘but as what it really is, the word of God’.6~ ‘In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.’68

II. Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture
105 God is the auth~or of Sacred Scripture. ‘The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred
Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.’6~ ‘For Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical the books of the Old and the New Testaments, whole and entire, with all their parts, on the grounds that, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author, and have been handed on as such to the Church herself.’7° ioó God inspired the human authors of the sacred books. ‘To compose the sacred books, God chose certain men who, all the while he employed them in this task, made full use of their own faculties and powers so that, though he acted in them and by them, it was as true authors that they consigned to writing whatever he wanted written, and no more.’7’ 107 The inspired books teach the truth. ‘Since therefore all that the inspired authors or sacred writers affirm should be regarded as