men do. He says that he has proclaimed the peace of the Church for the sake of his brethren and neighbours, so that once instructed by this virtue of concord, they may love and seek unity. So he carried out his own teaching; through love of his brethren he proclaimed what he knew would be of benefit to all. So his message is that a person should not teach for his own praises or benefits, but should toil with merciful heart for the sake of brethren and neighbours. As Paul puts it: Not seeking that which is profitable to me, but to many. 24 So he states that it was not for his own temporal advantage that he has spoken of the peace of the era to come, but for his brethren and neighbours, so that they should long for it to gain salvation, and chain themselves with the bonds of unanimity. When he says: Of thee, he shows that he is still addressing Jerusalem, in which the company of the saints, in other words, the most blessed unity of the people, resides.
9. Because of the house of the Lord my God, I have sought good things for thee. He did not wish anyone to think that his affection was devoted to anything in such a way as to appear to neglect love of the Lord, so he appended the reason why he sought blessings for Jerusalem, namely because it is the Lord's house, and whatever love is bestowed is well attributed to Him.
Let us observe the nature of the words which the prophet poured forth on the third step of love, and let us rejoice at his progress which the Lord has furthered. The higher the ascent made by any of the saints, the deeper and the sweeter are the words which he produces.
A canticle ofsteps. It is our pleasure to take note of how this ascent of the prophet is of benefit, and how as he seeks greater heights he gives us signs of his perfection. First he raised his eyes to the mountains, but now he has lifted up the eyes of his heart to the Lord Himself. Thus in his struggle to mount higher by spiritual steps, he