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What If the Gospels Are the Gospel?

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After the second reading of the Mass, usually from one of St. Paul’s epistles, the Liturgy of the Word reaches its climax when the Priest or Deacon stands, approaches the altar flanked by two altar servers bearing candles, bows, and picks up a large volume before processing to the podium with it. As the congregation stands, the celebrant reads from one of the four canonical Gospels. The bit of ceremony just described is a visual affirmation of paragraph 18 of the Vatican II publication called “Dei Verbum” which reads, “It is common knowledge that among all the Scriptures, even those of the New Testament, the Gospels have a special preeminence, and rightly so, for they are the principal witness for the life and teaching of the incarnate Word, our Savior.” Consequently, Catholic hermeneutics (principles of interpretation) begin with the teachings of Jesus and interpret the other New Testament documents in light of them. The Gospels are the Gospel in Catholic theology. Read more