23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) September 4, 2016
[fa class=”fa-book fa-2x teal”] Readings: Luke 14:25-33, Wisdom 9:13-18, Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17, Psalms 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
[fa class=”fa-quote-left fa-2x teal”] There is something heartwarming in today’s readings, particularly in Paul’s letter to Philemon (2nd reading). Paul, by then an old man in prison, waxes paternal and solicitous for the welfare of both Philemon and the runaway slave Onesimus. As the law would prescribe, Paul sends him right back to Philemon, but not before liberating both the master and the slave. Philemon may well have been a slave to the prevailing culture of that time that considered slavery normal. Onesimus, may well have been, not only a physical slave, but also – and more importantly – a slave to his own misconceptions about himself and his relationship with the rest of the world, including his master, Philemon….