Introit of Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Psalm 83:10-11

Behold, O God, our protector, and look on the face of Thy Christ: for better is one day in Thy courts above thousands. Ps. How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. V. Glory be to the Father.


Verse 10. Christ. Chal. “the Messias,” (Bert.) through whom we address all our petitions. W. — Protect thy people, (S. Jer.) and raise up the throne of David. C.

Verse 11. Thousands elsewhere, (C.) among sinners. He is so much affected, as to leave the sentence imperfect, v. 4. But the meaning is clear. Temporal must yield to eternal happiness. Eternity is all as one point: it has no division of time, which has a thousand parts. H. — Heaven is represented as a palace, (Bert.) in which the blessed enjoy perpetual felicity. H. — With respect to future rewards, one day in the Church is better than thousands out of it. W. v. 4. — Abject. Prot. “door-keeper.” Marg. “on the threshold.” H. — This was the office of the Corites, (C.) and they prefer it before the finest occupations among sinners. Heb. “the tents of wickedness.” H. — The poorest condition in the Catholic Church, is better than the highest dignities which the wicked can bestow. W. — Indeed poverty, and attention to God’s service, is the most secure road to heaven, and gives even present content to those who are actuated by the divine spirit. H.

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