Tract of Third Sunday in Lent

Psalm 122:1-3

To Thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in heaven. V. Behold as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters. V. And as the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress: so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until He have mercy on us. V. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.


Verse 1. Canticle. Heb. adds, “of David.” H. — Syriac also attributes to him, though Zorobabel, &c. might recite it at their return. It may also refer to the captives groaning under oppression, (C.) and to every Christian, who must live in expectation of a better country. S. Aug. Berthier. T. viii.

Verse 2. Masters. Expecting liberty, or rather food; though it may also imply that they are ready to run at the first sign, which they observe with attention. Thus Menelaus had his eyes on Agamemnon. Homer. C. — As servants, and particularly handmaids, are very attentive, and hope to receive sustenance, so we ought to pray with all earnestness to God for what is necessary. W. — All must come from Him. — Until. Or “waiting for his having mercy on us.” We shall not cease to look up to Him afterwards. Bert. — “Take care not to turn thine eyes away from mine.” Terent. Adelph. ii. 1.

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