Sunday, 4 September 2022
I have no idea why the Epistle to Philemon is not simply read in full, but the Lectionary contains quite a lot of that sort of thing.
Anyway, today's passage means exactly what it says. It only occurred to me as I was reading it out in 2019.
The runaway slave Onesimus and his master Philemon have the same biological father, and Saint Paul just mentions that as a given.
Welcome to slavery.