In paragraph 21 we read: The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerates the body of the Lord, since, especially in the sacred liturgy, she unceasingly receives and offers to the faithful the bread of life from the table both of God’s word and of Christ’s body.
I am in RCIA, and our catechist read this section of Dei Verbum in class, saying we should give the same reverence to the Bible as we do to Jesus in the Eucharist. I’m wondering if that is an accurate analysis of this paragraph in Dei Verbum? Do Catholics worship the Bible as they worship Jesus in the Eucharist? If we are to treat the Bible with the same reverence as the Eucharist, how come it’s acceptable to leave our Bibles on the dashboard of our cars, or on a table near a cup of coffee that might spill, or to highlight in our Bibles? In short, what does paragraph 21 mean?
If possible, I would like a priest to answer. Thank you!