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Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Philemon 7-20
Psalm 146:7, 8-9a, 9bc-10
Luke 17:20-25

Today’s Epistle is the entire book of the Letter to Philemon, which I have always considered attractive and somewhat unattractive all at the same time. 

First a bit of context: The letter, though a mere 25 verses long, has been noted as worthy of inclusion because it was written in Paul’s own hand!  He writes from Rome where he is under perhaps some type of house arrest.  There he met Onesimus, a runaway slave of Philemon, a wealthy Christian from Colossus. While in Rome, Onesimus had become a convert to the faith, a friend and even considered “a dear brother” as Paul is sending him back to his owner Philemon.  In Paul’s thinking, Onesimus was morally bound to return.

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