Many of us would welcome that chance. Another year, another day, another hour to get things right.
It’s so practical. The gardener sees potential in the non-productive fig tree whereas the landowner cannot. To him, it’s negative equity, taking up space that could be more effectively used. The man on the ground sees it differently. He knows that what is needed is there and, given time, the tree will produce its fruit.
Something here about patience and about second or third chances.
Year of Mercy! It seems certain that Pope Francis sees the good in us. It IS certain that God sees the good in us. He’s okay with another year. Let’s meet him half way!