Philemon 10

I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment.

Onesimus was a slave who ran away from his master, Philemon.  Philemon was one of Paul’s disciples.  So Onesimus, perhaps in a bid for sanctuary of some sort, ran to Paul.  He lost a master and gained a father.  His father eventually sent him back to his master, not as a slave, but as a brother.  Tradition tells us Onesimus became the bishop of Colossae and was martyred for the Faith.  Love is strong.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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