Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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Conclusion Drawn From the Psalm

Let us pay heed to the nature of this proclamation by which the holy people has instructed us, and also to the depth of feeling of their devotion. They sought to cut out all their hearts' resentment towards their enemies, so they asked that those seen to be hostile towards them should become their comrades. Let us imitate their devoted purpose and opt to love those who afflict us. We should not regard as enemies those who are of service to us, for if we bear with them with equanimity they often bestow on us benefits which the sweetest friends cannot impart. Friends often by their flattery divert us from virtue, whereas enemies by afflicting us set us on the virtuous path. So show a desire for patience, and then you discover in an enemy more features to love.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 138

I. Unto the end. A psalm of David. This repetition of unto the end comes after the interruption of several psalms, so it seems appropriate to explain it again, for this protracted interval virtually spells forgetfulness. We have stated that unto the end has two meanings. The first denotes the disappearance and end of things, when they complete their span and reach their close in a manner similar to the human condition. The second is the perfect and eternal End which is the Lord Christ. This End observes no setting, but attains the summit of total wholeness. Once we reach this there is nothing further for us to seek; He suffices for all things, since in Him lies all perfection of majesty and the fullness of all virtues. So this entire psalm—and this is also the view of the most learned father Hilary—is to be recited by the mouth of the Lord Christ. His lowliness must not however trouble or disturb anyone; to avoid this, each must have recourse to the canon of Catholic teaching, to remember that there are two natures united and perfected in the Lord Christ. The first is that by which He is God, coeternal with the Father; the second that by which He was born of the virgin Mary, and as one and the same Person deigned in time to become Man for our salvation. So the fact that He speaks in humble tones must not be a reflection on His divinity, but is to be understood

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Ancient Christian Writers - The Works of the Fathers in Translation *
  • Cassiodorus: Explanation of the Psalms *
  • Contents v
  • Commentary on Psalm 101 i
  • Commentary on Psalm 102 18
  • Commentary on Psalm 103 29
  • Commentary on Psalm 104 49
  • Commentary on Psalm 105 65
  • Commentary on Psalm 106 82
  • Commentary on Psalm 107 95
  • Commentary on Psalm 108 102
  • Commentary on Psalm 109 116
  • Commentary on Psalm 110 125
  • Commentary on Psalm III 131
  • Commentary on Psalm 112 137
  • Commentary on Psalm 113 141
  • Commentary on Psalm 114 150
  • Commentary on Psalm 115 155
  • Commentary on Psalm 116 160
  • Commentary on Psalm 117 162
  • Commentary on Psalm 118 174
  • Commentary on Psalm 119 259
  • Commentary on Psalm 120 265
  • Commentary on Psalm 121 270
  • Commentary on Psalm 122 277
  • Commentary on Psalm 123 281
  • Commentary on Psalm 124 287
  • Commentary on Psalm 125 291
  • Commentary on Psalm 126 296
  • Commentary on Psalm 127 301
  • Commentary on Psalm 128 306
  • Commentary on Psalm 129 311
  • Commentary on Psalm 130 316
  • Commentary on Psalm 131 321
  • Commentary on Psalm 132 332
  • Commentary on Psalm 133 337
  • Commentary on Psalm 134 341
  • Commentary on Psalm 135 351
  • Commentary on Psalm 136 359
  • Commentary on Psalm 137 365
  • Commentary on Psalm 138 371
  • Commentary on Psalm 139 386
  • Commentary on Psalm 140 392
  • Commentary on Psalm 141 399
  • Commentary on Psalm 142 406
  • Commentary on Psalm 143 413
  • Commentary on Psalm 144 422
  • Commentary on Psalm 145 432
  • Commentary on Psalm 146 438
  • Commentary on Psalm 147 444
  • Commentary on Psalm 148 449
  • Commentary on Psalm 149 457
  • Commentary on Psalm 150 461
  • Notes 471
  • Indexes 525
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