Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

PHMN 7-20, LK 17:20-25

Basically, St. Paul, through Philemon, says that we should do good, not by force or a sense of obligation, but out of love. In other words, it should be voluntary.

Paul who is in prison makes a great sacrifice. He sends Onesimus, who is like a son to him, to Philemon, to help him in every way he can. Paul was an old man and could have had Onesimus assist and serve him in his needs. Onesimus was once a slave. Paul exhorts Philemon to receive him not as a slave, but as a brother.

Paul makes it clear he was in prison for the Gospel and for Christ Jesus. Although he suffered willingly, yet he asked Philemon to refresh his heart in Christ. Amid the struggles of life, we can make this request "Lord refresh my heart in You."

Father Martin Stillmock, C.Ss.R.

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