Word & Sacrament

Scripture nourishes and sustains us like food.

For Saint Jerome this meant that we are ‘to nourish ourselves with [Christ’s] flesh and drink his blood, not only in the Eucharist but also in reading sacred Scripture. Indeed, true food and true drink is the word of God which we derive from the Scriptures.’

In the same vein Pope Benedict XVI writes that ‘Word and Eucharist are so deeply bound together that we cannot understand one without the other: the word of God sacramentally takes flesh in the event of the Eucharist. The Eucharist opens us to an understanding of Scripture, just as Scripture for its part illumines and explains the mystery of the Eucharist.’

See Verbum Domini, 54-55

‘Word and Eucharist are so deeply bound together that we cannot understand one without the other.’ Pope Benedict XVI (Verbum Domini, 55)