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Aquinas' Sermon Notes For The Second Sunday Of Easter

Aquinas' Sermon Notes For The Second Sunday Of Easter

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This document contains the English text of the Epistle used in the Extraordinary Form of the Rite (the so-called Latin Mass). In addition it contains-also in English- St Thomas Aquinas' sermon notes on that Epistle. Finally, I've included an old-time sermon from Bishop Bonomelli (1831-1914) who, in his day, was a famous preacher.
This document contains the English text of the Epistle used in the Extraordinary Form of the Rite (the so-called Latin Mass). In addition it contains-also in English- St Thomas Aquinas' sermon notes on that Epistle. Finally, I've included an old-time sermon from Bishop Bonomelli (1831-1914) who, in his day, was a famous preacher.

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The Epistle For The Second Sunday After Easter
 According to the Lectionary commonly used in the Extraordinary Form of the Rite.
BELOVED : Christ suffered for us, leavingyou an example that you should follow Hissteps; who did not sin, neither was guile foundin His mouth. Who, when He was reviled, did notrevile : when He suffered He threatened not : butdelivered Himself to him that judged Him unjustly: who His own self bore our sins in Hisbody upon the tree: that we being dead to sins,should live to justice : by whose stripes you werehealed. For you were as sheep going astray, butyou are now converted to the shepherd and bishopof your souls. EPISTLE, 1 Peter ii. 21-25.
St Thomas Aquinas' Sermon Notes On The Epistle ReadingChrist Our Example
Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow His steps-1 Pet 2:21
Five things are noted in this Epistle reading-firstly, the innocence of Our Lord, “Who did not sin” (1Pet 2:22); secondly, His great patience, “When He suffered, threatened not” (1 Pet 2:23); thirdly, Hisinexpressible charity, “Who His own self bear our sins in His own Body” (1 Pet 2:24); fourthly, themanifold benefits flowing from these three, “By Whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Pet 2:24); fifthly, thesteps in which we should follow Christ.
I.
On the first head it is to be noted, that His innocence is shown in three ways-
(1)
Because He did not sin: “Holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” [Heb7:26]
(2)
Because He never deceived: “Neither guile was found in his mouth.” The Son of God, Jesus Christ...was not yea and nay, but in Him was yea. For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen” [2 Cor 1:19-20 ].
(3)
Because he never did any injure to anyone: “Who, when He was reviled, revilednot again,” and “as a sheep before his shearers is dumb, so He openeth not Hismouth” [Isa 53:7].
II
.On the second head it is to be noted, that His patience in His Passion is shewn in three ways-(1) In that He voluntarily offered himself: “Committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously”...He was offered because it was His own will” (Isa 53:7according to Vulgate).(2) Because, unjustly judged, He endured it with great patience. It requires thegreatest patience to sustain an unjust sentence: “Many good works have I shown
 
you...for which of these do you stone me” (Jn 10:32). “This is thank-worthy, if aman for conscience toward God endureth grief, suffering wrongfully” (1 Pet2:19).(3) Because He did not utter threats against His crucifiers: “When He sufferedHe threatened not” (1 Pet 2:23). “But I was like a lamb...that is brought to theslaughter” (see Jer 11:19). He prayed for them: “Made intercession for thetransgressors,” that they should not perish (see Isa 53:12).
III
. On the third head it is to be noted, that the inexpressible charity of Christ is shown us inthree ways-
(1)
Because He Himself bore our sins: “Behold the Lamb of God who takethaway the sins of the world” (Jn 1:29).
(2)
In the manner of His Oblation: “In His own Body He was wpunded for our iniquities” (Isa 53:5).
(3)
Because He sustained so cruel a death for the taking away of our sins:“On the Tree”-
i.e
., the Cross. “Obedient unto death, even death on theCross” (Phil 2:18).
IV.
On the fourth head it is to be noted, that the death of Christ procured for us a threefold benefit-
(1)
It freed us from the guilt of sin: “We being dead to sins” (1 Pet 2:24).“Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity” (Titus2:14).
(2)
He restore to us the gift of grace: “Should live unto righteousness” (1 Pet2:24). “By the obedience of the One shall many be made righteous” (Rom5:19). “Of His fullness have all we received, and grace upon grace” (Jn1:15).
(3)
It delivered us from corruption: “By Whose Stripes we are healed” (1 Pet2:24). “Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isa 53:4).
V
. On the fifth head it should be noted, that the steps in which we should follow Him are three-
(1)
In the purity of innocence: “Ye shall be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 11:44).“Blessed are the pure in heart” (Matt 5:8). “Be ye holy in all manner of conversation (1 Pet 1:15).
(2)
In the firmness of patience: “In your patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 4:19). “Consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Heb 12:3).
(3)
In charity: “This is the commandment that ye heard from the beginning,that we should love one another” (1 John 3:11). “My foot has held His
 
step: His way have I kept” (Job 23:11). He who follows him in thesesteps shall come to the joy of eternal blessedness: “He that followethMe, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John8:12); to which may Christ Himself, the Light and the Life, bring us.Amen
Homily on the Epistle
few sentences which I am about to ex
plain are taken from the first Epistle of St.Peter. This is the first time in addressing youthat I have had an occasion to comment on theteachings of the Prince of the apostles.As you know, there are extant only two Lettersof St. Peter, the second a very short one, and both,of course, storehouses of sacred doctrine.The first Letter was written by St. Peter inEome, where he had gone with Mark, his interpreter and the writer of the Gospel that bears Hisname, after his deliverance from prison in Jerusalem, as narrated in the twelfth chapter of theActs of the Apostles. It was written about twelveyears after the ascension of Our Lord and addressed to the various churches established in
Asia Minor in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia,
Cappadocia, and Bithynia.The argument of the Letter is very similar tothat of the Letters of St. Paul to the Bomans andEphesians. He exhorts the new believers, whomust have been mostly recently converted Hebrews, to make the principles of the Gospel therule and inspiration of their lives. He urges themto bear up under hatred, vexation, and persecution, encouraging them with the hope of a rewardto come, and to deal kindly with bad men and withtheir enemies in the hope of winning them over.And now we will go on to the interpretation ofthe five verses just read for you.In the preceding verses St. Peter, affectionately, lovingly, and as a father, exhorts thoseChristians just emerged from Judaism and paganism, to nourish themselves as new-born babes withthe milk of the divine word, to cling closely toJesus Christ, the chief cornerstone, to refrainthemselves from carnal desires, and by a holy lifeto gain over the pagans. Then he reminds themof their duty to be subject to human authority,tells servants to obey their masters, not only thegood but the froward, and if necessary to glory insuffering unjustly. Here St. Peter, not unlike St.

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