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Briefest of Paul’s letters, here is an invitation to forgiveness. Instead of what could have been harsh treatment and even death for Onesimus, the runaway slave, Paul pleads for reconciliation between him and his master, Philemon.
Meditate before the manger. See Mary, slave and handmaid of the Lord. Joseph is wrapped in the swaddling cloths of silence. Here is the place of forgiving love. Jesus has come, writing with his birth and later with his blood, a letter of intercession for us to the Father. All our wrongs have been charged to Jesus’ “account.” Jesus became a slave so that we might be set free and live with the Father as God’s child.
Is there someone who needs a letter like Paul’s coming from you—something more than a hasty “Seasons Greeting” card?
Grace to all and peace from God. v. 3
Love giving joy and support. v. 7
Prisoner of Christ Jesus. v. 9
You taking all to the cross. v. 18
This is the fourth of four weeks in Advent, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.
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