Day 2: What if I missed Day 1?
“There was a man who had two sons.
He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
“The first,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.” (Matthew 21: 28-32)
This passage is more often than not used to point the finger, to bring reproof to people who have not “seen the light”. But I prefer to look on the bright side, at the story of the first brother, who did work in his father’s vineyard, despite saying that he wouldn’t.
One of the wonderful things about commuting in an urban environment is that even if you miss the first one, there will always be another bus. You may be late for work, you might let the frustration of having missed the bus cloud your judgement and your mood, you may end up standing among a throng of noisy school kids, but you are on that bus and making your way to your destination.
So it’s no longer Ash Wednesday, so it’s 39 days left of Lent and counting… so what? The point of Lent is to take stock of your situation and reflect on where you’re going, with the grace of God.
I think that it is more important to enjoy the season of Lent for its peace and its opportunity for contemplation.
So you’ve missed yesterday’s bus? Get on the next one and don’t let your frustration obscure the journey.