Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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trust of the most faithful Christian is compared to immovable mountains. In the seventh, we are told how abundant is the harvest reaped by those who sow in tears. In the eighth, it is said that nothing remains of what any individual has performed by his own will; only the things built by the sponsorship of the Lord are most firmly established. In the ninth, it is proclaimed that we become blessed through fear of the Lord, and that all profitable things are granted us. In the tenth, he inculcates in committed persons the patience which he commands through the words of the Church. In the eleventh, as penitent he cries from the depths to the Lord, asking that the great power of the Godhead be experienced by the deliverance of mankind. In the twelfth, the strength of meekness and humility is revealed; in the thirteenth, the promise of the holy incarnation and the truth of the words spoken are demonstrated. In the fourteenth, spiritual unity is proclaimed to the brethren, and to them the Lord's benediction and eternal life are shown to accrue. In the fifteenth, there is awakened in the course of the Lord's praises that perfect charity than which nothing greater can be expressed, and nothing more splendid discovered. As the apostle attests: God is love. 7 So let us continually meditate on the hidden nature of this great miracle, so that by ever setting our gaze on such things, we may avoid the deadly errors of the world. The number of these psalms contains this further mystery: when the five bodily senses, by which human frailty incurs all sin, are overcome by the power of the Trinity, this leads us to the fifteenth height 8 of the psalms of the steps; thus the body's weakness is eliminated, and eternal rewards are bestowed on those who conquer it.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 134

Alleluia. After this most beautiful edifice of the psalms of the steps, rising to the peak which makes men secure and blessed for ever, there comes the most apt citation of Alleluia. Thus holy Church can enjoy the Lord's praises, since that gift is seen to be in store for her. So let us eagerly hasten to say Alleluia with pure minds, so that by God's grace we may mingle with the saints.

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