The forty days of Lent does not include Sundays. Why? Because traditionally, Sundays were viewed as little Easters. It is a time to set aside the sack cloth and ashes that has often been associated with Lent, and to rejoice again that ultimately the tomb is empty. We have been set free to live.
In the spirit of Jesus’ parable of the fig tree, today is the day we discover that the axe is not coming for us to cut us down. Once more, God helps us up out of the gutter and gives us life, saying, “Try again.”