“**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.” **~ CCC 103 (quoting Dei Verbum)
I’ve always struggled to understand this paragraph in the Catechism. I mean, it’s not like we genuflect when we approach a Bible, and yet we do do that in church. How am I to make sense of this?
And also, a follow-up question: Are the two “parts” of the Mass (Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist) equally important? I’m guessing not, because the consecration is obviously the climax of the Mass. But why is that the case if the Scriptures are just as much the Word of God as the Eucharist?