“Groundhog Day” is one of my favorite movies. In the movie, a weatherman gets sent to Punxsutawney, Pa to cover the celebration of Groundhog Day. Something happens, we really never find out what, and the weatherman gets trapped living the same day over and over. He keeps waking up to the same song, the same encounters and living the same events. Nothing seems to be able to break the cycle.
Phil, the weatherman, takes several approaches in adapting to the situation. The initial bewilderment of the situation leads to frustration. He asks himself why he couldn’t have been trapped in a really good day. Then he uses the opportunity to take advantage of everyone. Bored, he starts using the day to fill his life with good things. He learns to play piano, develops relationships, abandons negative actions and tries to learn to love.
If you were trapped in the same day and didn’t get to pick the day. Let’s just say it is today. How would you approach the day? I imagine all of us would be like Phil. We would go through a variety of approaches, but in boredom would start to see the futility of selfish approaches to life. Eventually we would be drawn to focus on things of substance.
Today, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a net thrown into a sea that catches every kind of fish. Then good fish are separated from bad fish. I approached this text, not from a worldly perspective, but from a personal one. If your life were the sea and Jesus cast a net into it and caught fish of every kind. What would be the good and what would be the bad? How could you let the bad go and be drawn to things of substance? (Mt. 13:47-52)