You have heard of the prophet's progress in his ascent, and the joy with which he has filled us. Though the canticles of the steps as a whole grow in significance, we can say that these which shine forth with the brightest light in the Lord's coming are still loftier. Since the prophecy concerned the Creator, it was inevitable that this step by which all things gain increase should rise higher. In the remaining psalms of the steps there is left regard for our neighbour and love of God. If we mount these steps with pure minds, we shall attain the most glorious vision of Him.
A canticle of steps. After the most holy preaching of the previous psalm, the prophet is now perched on the fourteenth step, and proclaims to the people blessed unity, urging those who bind themselves to the Christian religion to persevere in the one accord of charity. Though some have opined that this message is to be addressed to monks, my view is that it is relevant to the harmony of Christians at large, for it is proclaimed not only to monasteries but to the whole Church, gathering into unity by a spiritual trumpet-blast all Christ's soldiers throughout the world. I do not dispute that it is addressed to saintly monasteries, but I believe that it should not be withdrawn from the general body. So the place which embraced the gathering of the faithful people was worthy of honour; clearly that assembly was established before the Lord's incarnation gained it from the Gentiles by His precious blood. That incarnation is rightly mentioned following the assembly, by means of which it is known to have been bestowed upon the world.
Observe that this is a second psalm without a division, 1 for it was appropriate that since it discusses unity it should contain no separa