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Aquinas’ Homily Notes On John 16:23-30

Posted by Dim Bulb on May 5, 2010

These notes can provide excellent helps for homilies, meditation, or further study.

THE COMING AND GOING OF OUR BLESSED LORD.
Fifth Sunday after Easter. — (From the Gospel.)
I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I
leave the world, and go to the Father.”
— John 16:28.

Four considerations are suggested by these words. Firstly, His going from the Father: ” I came forth from the Father.”  His going forth from the Father was to make Himself visible. Secondly, His advent in the flesh: “I am come into the world.”  Thirdly, His departure from the world : ” Again I leave the world.” Fourthly, His ascension to the Father: “and go to the Father.”

I. On the first head it is to be noted, that Christ came
forth from the Father for three reasons —

  • (1) That He might manifest the Father in the world: John 1:18, ” No man
    hath seen God at any time; the Only Begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Hm.”
  • (2) To declare His Father’s will to us: John 15:15, “All things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you.”
  • (3) That He might show the Father’s love towards us: John 3:16, ” God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him,” &c.

II.  On the second head it is to be noted, that Christ came
into the world for three reasons—

  • (1) To enlighten it: John 8:12, “I am the Light of the world.”
  • (2) That He might reconcile it to God the Father: 2 Cor 5:19, ” God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.”
  • (3) To deliver it from the power of the Devil: John 12:31, ” Now is the judgment of this world : now shall the prince of this world be cast out.”  John 3:17, ” God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world ; but
  • that the world through Him might be saved.”

III. On the third head it is to be noted, that Christ left
the world for three reason 8—

  • (1) On account of its wickedness: 1 John 5:19, “The whole world lieth in wickedness.”
  • (2) On account of the perversity of its ingratitude: John 15:18, ” If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.” What could be greater ingratitude than for the world to hate Him Who came to
    save it ?
  • (3) That by leaving the world He should give us an example: 1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.”  John 15:19, “Ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.”

IV. On the fourth head it is to be noted, that Christ
ascended to the Father for three reasons —

  • (1) That he might intercede with Him for us: John 14:16, “I will pray
    the Father.”
  • (2)  That He might give to us the Holy Spirit: John 16:7, “If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.”
  • (3)  That He might prepare for us a place with the Father: 14:2, ” I go to prepare a place for you.” To which place may He lead us. Amen.

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