|"...it was Jerome, ever straightforward and
forceful, who compared reading the Scriptures with eating the
Eucharist: "In reading the Bible the Fathers did not read the texts,
but the living Christ, and Christ spoke to them. They consumed the
Word with the Eucharistic bead and wine, and the Word offered itself
to them with the profundity of Christ" and "I believer that the
Gospel is the body of Christ...and the Scriptures, the divine
doctrine, are truly the body and blood of Christ."
----James Wallace, PREACHING TO THE HUNGERS OF THE HEART: THE HOMILY
ON THE FEASTS AND WITHIN THE RITES, (Collegeville: The Liturgical
Press, 2002, page 11. ISBN: 0-8146-1224-5).