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Aquinas’ Homily Notes on the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 5, 2010

Aquinas’ homily notes provide some very fine points for meditation and further study.  Below are his notes on the Gospel for the 3rd week in Lent according to the pre-Vatican II lectionary.  Resources for this weeks Mass for both the Pre-Vat. II (Extraordinary) form of the Rite and the current (Ordinary) form of the Rite can be found here.

Third Sunday in Lent.
“He was casting out a devil and it was dumb.”  –  S. Luke 11:14.

In these words, concerning the casting out of this devil,
is signified the casting out of the devil from the heart, and
they teach three things. Firstly, the frequency of the cast-
ing out : ” And He was casting out,” whence it is implied
that He did frequently cast them out. Secondly, the wicked-
ness of him who was cast out : ” and he was dumb.” Thirdly,
the profitableness of this casting out : ” When the devil was
gone out the dumb spake.”

I. On the first head it is to be noted, that the Lord
frequently cast out a devil  –  (1) In casting him out from
Heaven: Ezek. xxviii. 16, ” I will cast thee as profane out
of the mountain of God.” Apoc. xii. 9, ” The great dragon
was cast out.” (2) He cast him out of Paradise when
cursing him: Gen. iii. 14, “Because thou hast done this
thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the
earth.” (3) He cast him from a mount when He repelled
him : S. Matt. iv. 10, ” Get thee hence, Satan.” (4) Casting
him out from the souls in driving him from them : Acts x. par38, ” Who went about doing good, and.healing all that were
oppressed of the devil.” (5) He cast him out from the
bodies of the sick when He healed them : S. Luke iv. 41,
” Devils also came out of many.” (6) He cast him out from
the world, delivering it from his power : S. John xii. 31,
” Now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” (7) He
cast him into hell, consigning him to eternal fires: Isa. parxiv. 15, ” Thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides
of the pit.”

H. On tM second head it is to be noted, that a threefold
evil came upon the sick man from the devil, signifying the
threefold evil which comes from sin. The first was, because
the devil possessed him ; the second, because he made him
blind ; the third, because he deprived him of the power of
speech. That man had these three miseries, because he was
a demoniac, was blind, and was dumb ; they signify three
evils which flow from sin  –  (1) He was possessed by the
devil : 2 S. Tim. ii. 26, ” That they may recover themselves
out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him
at his will.” (2) He was made blind : Zeph. i. 17, ” They
shall walk like blind men because they have sinned against
the Lord.” (3) He was made dumb, so that he could neither
praise God nor confess his sins : Isa. lvi. 10, ” They are all
dumb dogs ; they cannot bark.”

III. On the third head it is to be noted, that three bless-
ings follow the casting out of the devil  –  first, the liberation
from his possession ; second, the restitution of sight ; third,
the restoration of speech ; and these signify the three good
things which happen to a soul in justification  –  (1) That the
soul is delivered from the power of the devil : Coloss. i. 13,
u Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness.” (2) parThat the light of grace is restored to’it: Ps. cxlvi. 8, “The
Lord openeth the eyes of the blind.” (3) That speech is
given, by which sin may be confessed and God may be
praised : Ps. Ii., ” Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God”
–  i.e., from sins  –  ” and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy

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Aquinas’ Homily Notes on the Epistle For the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 5, 2010

Third Sunday in Lent.
“Walk as children of the light.” Eph 5:8.

The Apostle, in these words, lays down three points for
consideration. Firstly, he exhorts to walking: “walk.”
Secondly, the manner of walking : ” as children.” Thirdly,
He assigns a cause ” of the light,” for light is the means of
walking : S. John xii. 35, ” Walk while ye have the light.”

I. On the first head it is to be noted, that man has a four-
fold walk. (1) Of nature, by walking according to which
a man hastens towards death : Job. xvi. 22, ” I shall go
the way whence I shall not return.” (2) Of sin, by walk-
ing according to which a man passes on from sin to sin :
Ps. xii. 8, ” The wicked walk on every side.” (3) Of grace,
by walking according to which a man goes on from good to
better: Gen. xvii. 1, “Walk before Me, and be thou per-
fect.” (4) Of glory, according to which the holy walk who
are following Christ : Apoc. iii. 4, ” They shall walk with
Me in white, for^ they are worthy.” The first is to be en-
dured, the second to be avoided, the third to be acted upon,
the fourth to be desired. The Apostle exhorts to the third :
Eph. iv. 7, ” I beseech you that ye walk worthy.”

II. On the second head is to be noted the manner of walk-
ing, of which the Apostle mentions twelve ways ; five of
which were explained in Homily III., for the second Sunday
in Lent, and seven remain to be considered here. It is
known that we ought to walk ” in newness of life”  –  (1) parCasting away our former sin : Rom. vi. 4, ” We also should
walk in newness of life.” (2) Subjecting the flesh to the
Spirit, and living according to the Spirit : Gal. v. 16,
” Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the
flesh.” (3) In lov.e, loving God and one’s neighbours : Eph. parv. 2, ” Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.” (4) parHonestly, having a good conversation amongst men : 1 Thess. pariv. 1 2, ” Walk honestly toward them that are without.” (5) In
wisdom, edifying others by sweet and profitable words : Coloss. pari v. 5, ” Walk in wisdom toward them that are without.” (6) parIn Christ, by following and imitating Him : Coloss. ii. 6,
” As ye have, therefore, received Christ Jesus the Lord, so
walk in Him.” (7) We ought to walk in the light, as doing
nothing worthy of reproof : S. John xi. 9, ” If any man
walk in the day he stumbleth not.” The holy walk in these
seven paths, but the wicked in seven other ways  –  (1) Ac-
cording to the flesh, in fulfilling its desires : 2 S. Peter ii. 10,
” Them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness.”
(2) According to the course of this world : Eph. ii. 2,
” Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of
this world.” (3) In vanity, by loving the things which are
vain: Eph. iv. 17, “As other Gentiles walk in the vanity
of their mind.” (4) In living inordinately, and dishonestly,
and dissolutely: 2 Thess. iii. 6, “Withdraw yourselves
from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after
the tradition which he received of us.” (5) In fulfilling
whatsoever desires they list. (6) By living luxuriantly
in lasciviousness. (7) In gluttonies, revellings, and the
like. Of these three : 1 S. Pet. iv. 3, ” So have wrought the
will of the Gentiles when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts,
excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable
idolatries.” Those who so walk, perish : Job. vi. 18, ” The
paths of their way are turned aside ; they go to nothing, and
perish ;” whilst they who walk after the former ways come
to the joy of eternal life, which may Christ give us. Amen

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