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The Letter to Philemon

Submitted by on Thursday, 13 November 2008No Comment
  • Reading I:  Philemon 7-20
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 146:7,9-10
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 17:20-25


Paul’s letter to Philemon is so short that it lends itself easily to sentence flows.  I usually give it as an example of a Pauline letter with all its parts:

Address vv. 1-2

Thanksgiving vv. 3-4

Body vv. 8-20

Recapitulation and Conclusion with Final Blessing vv. 21-25

Through this letter, Paul sends back Onesimus, a slave who has run away, back to his master, Philemon, a Christian.  Onesimus found his way to Paul who was in prison.  While with the apostle, he too became a Christian.  The expression "I became his father" alludes to Onesimus’ baptism at the hand of Paul.  Now, Paul would like to send him back to Philemon so that this latter might consider to allow Onesimus to work with Paul, no longer as a slave but as a free man.  It is a very personal letter and for that it is special.  The theme of freedom and slavery which Paul uses in Romans and Galatians comes out here with a lot of power.

I have an old sample of a sentence flow created for the Letter to Philemon at this address.  To see the sentence flow, click on the headings of the letter.


Psalm 146:7,9-10
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7Who keepeth truth for ever: who executeth judgment for them that suffer wrong: who giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth them that are fettered:
9The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless and the widow: and the ways of sinners he will destroy.
10The Lord shall reign for ever: thy God, O Sion, unto generation and generation.
Luke 17:20-25
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20And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come? he answered them, and said: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21Neither shall they say: Behold here, or behold there. For lo, the kingdom of God is within you.
22And he said to his disciples: The days will come, when you shall desire to see one day of the Son of man; and you shall not see it.
23And they will say to you: See here, and see there. Go ye not after, nor follow them:
24For as the lightening that lighteneth from under heaven, shineth unto the parts that are under heaven, so shall the Son of man be in his day.
25But first he must suffer many things, and be rejected by this generation.

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