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.
On the first head it is to be noted, that His innocence is shown in three ways-
Because He did not sin: “Holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” [Heb7:26]
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 ].
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].
.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