He was a Cypriot, like Barnabas (who traveled with Paul) and Simeon (who carried the cross). The couple of sentences that describe him set a high standard for us to aspire to.
He was a disciple from the beginning. Mnason means “a diligent seeker”. To love the new is easy, but the disciple’s task is to become like his master. Let your increasing years be marked by an increasing joy in learning of Christ Jesus.
Manson opened his home to Paul, a very unpopular person (even among some in the early church). This was dangerous, but Mnason lived to do good. Jesus’ followers learn to love people for who they are, not for what they do. Like Simeon in the Temple, the Apostle John on Patmos and Paul’s latter years in Rome, faithful followers of Jesus keep on giving of themselves for other’s benefit to the end.