Sunday 4 September 2022

Blood Brothers

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.


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    1. 16.

      It is mentioned almost incidentally, as the kind of thing that people accustomed to slave societies would take as a given.