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Aquinas Sermon Notes for the Third Sunday After Easter

Aquinas Sermon Notes for the Third Sunday After Easter

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Like the previous document this contains Aquinas' sermon notes, this time for the third Sunday after Easter. This is followed by a sermon by Bishop Bonomelli, who was famed as a preacher in his day.
Like the previous document this contains Aquinas' sermon notes, this time for the third Sunday after Easter. This is followed by a sermon by Bishop Bonomelli, who was famed as a preacher in his day.

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Aquinas' Sermon Notes On The Epistle For The ThirdSunday After Easter
The Text of the Epistle:
1Pe 2:11Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnaldesires which war against the soul,1Pe 2:12Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you asevildoers, they may, by the good works which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of  visitation.1Pe 2:13Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king asexcelling,1Pe 2:14Or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of the good.1Pe 2:15For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolishmen:1Pe 2:16As free and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.1Pe 2:17Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.1Pe 2:18Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle but also tothe froward.1Pe 2:19For this is thankworthy: if, for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully.
The Conquered Flesh
 I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts-1 Pet 2:11
Four things are mentioned in these words. Firstly, abstinence from fleshly lusts is pointed out, “abstainfrom fleshly lusts.” Secondly, the necessity for such abstinence, “Which war against the soul.”Thirdly, honest conversation is enjoined, “having your conversation honest.” Fourthly, the benefit of agood conversation is added, “that whereas they speak to you as evildoers, they may by your goodworks, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
I.
On the first head it is to be noted, that there are three kinds of lust from which the Scripturecommands us to abstain.
1.
Worldly lust. The lusts of the world are the desires of worldly honors: The graceof God that Bringeth salvation hat appeared to all men, teaching us that, denyingungodliness and worldly lusts,” &c. ( see Titus 2:11-12)
2.
Hurtful and unprofitable lusts. Hurtful lusts are the desires of riches: But theythat will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish andhurtful lusts” (1 Tim 4:9).
3.
Carnal lusts. The lusts of the flesh are when fleshly delights are longed for:“Make not provisions for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof” (Rom 13:14).
II.
On the second head it is to be noted, that fleshly love in three ways “war against the soul,” and
 
therefore it is needful for us to abstain from them.1. They war against the soul by ever fighting against it: “The life of man upon the earthis warfare” (Job 7: 1, Vulgate); the whole life of man is like a certain warfare.2. Mortally, in wounding it: “The desire of the slothful killeth him, for his hands refuseto labor” (Prov 21:25).3. By inflicting eternal perdition and destruction: “Hurtful lusts, which drown men indestruction and perdition” (1 Tim 4:9); for fleshly desires kill by sin here, and in thefuture, kill with eternal death.
III.
On the third head it is to be noted, that a good conversation consists in three tings.
1.
In purity of mind: “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, thatin simplicity and godly sincerity...we had our conversation in this world” (2 Cor 1:12).
2.
In honesty or holiness of manner: “Seeing then that all these things shall bedisolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation andgodliness” (2 Pet 3:11).
3.
In perpetual avidity of the joys of heaven: “Our conversation is in heaven” (Phil3:2).
IV.
On the fourth head it is to be noted, that a threefold benefit follows a good conversation.
1.
The refutation or silencing of detractors: “That whereas they might speak againstyou,” it is “the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence theignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet 2:15).
2.
The being had in honor, “by your good works, which they shall behold, glorifyGod in the day of visitation” (1 Pet 2:12). “Let your light so shine beforemen” &c., (Matt 5:16).
3.
The great reward promised to their conversation, “in the day of visitation,”i.e., in the time of retribution; and God alone knows how great the glory thento be given to us. To which glory may we be led by Jesus Christ. Amen
A Homily on th Epistle
 By Bishop Bonomelli
it is a pleasure to explain to you the
meaning of the sentences of St. Peter, whichyou have just heard, inasmuch as they contain importantand practical truths for every class ofmen, it is at the same time an embarrassment, because to develop them one by one, as they shouldbe developed, would require a separate discoursefor each. Hence while trying to be brief, I must
 
also be comprehensive, and give a commentary
upon all these nine verses, and if you kindly give
me your attention I shall make the attempt to doboth."Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangersand pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnaldesires, which war against the soul." My friends,I can scarcely tell you how my heart is stirred inreading these affectionate words from the pen ofSt. Peter: "Dearly beloved." Who is he whowrites them? The first Vicar of Jesus Christ, thePrince of the apostles, the Head of the Church;an old man bowed under the weight of years, ofsorrows, and of merits, already in sight of thegibbet, on which to the glory of the apostolate heis soon to add the palm of martyrdom. To whomis he writing? To some few Christians, poor,harassed, scattered here and there, and only latelycome out from the darkness of paganism and theprejudices of Judaism. And this Peter, to whomJesus Christ had given the keys, and with them thesupreme authority which they symbolize, a manvenerable by age and dignity and the sufferingshe endured for the name of Christ, seems to forget himself in his effusive affection for his children,whom he takes to his bosom, calling them"His dearly beloved," words in which one canalmost feel the beat of his heart. If Peter usedsuch language to the poor, plain people, to whomhe was writing, language full of fatherly affection,how should we speak to them? In these days morethan ever before we priests should model ourhearts and words on the words and heart of thefirst apostle.When St. Peter had fixed the attention and
gained the good will of his neophytes by calling
them his dearest or most dearly beloved, he exhortsthem to remember that they are but strangersand pilgrims on this earth. A pilgrim or astranger traveling on toward his native country,never forgets that he is a stranger and a wayfarer; he pays no attention to the things he seesin passing, or at most gives them but a hastyglance; nor does he permit his heart to grow attachedto such objects. He rids himself of whatever would encumber him on his journey, carryingwith him only what is necessary ; and havinghis thoughts fixed on his fatherland, he is recklessof discomforts and dangers, loses no time withthose he meets as he goes along, nor does he barterwords with them; he salutes them pleasantly andhastens on his way. So, too, are we strangers andpilgrims on this earth; heaven is our fatherland;only there shall we find peace and rest ; let us not

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