After a time and a season, the boys’ father, who happens to be blind in his old age, sensed that the gates of time were shutting against him and that his days will come to an end soon. So he called his firstborn son and asked him to prepare a savory dish for him so he could eat and bless him.
By evening the blind old man ate a savory dish, which was unbeknownst to him made by his beloved wife. Then laying his hands on the little brother who was disguised as the big brother, he blessed him with all his heart.
At that instant the deed had already been done. The somewhat meaningless exchange had after a time and a season taken effect. Little brother had earned both title and entitlement. Big brother was too late. And this time he truly should have sort to die but he braced himself and consoled himself with the thought of taking little brother’s life.
Meanwhile the beloved mother will again give another wise counsel to her younger son, “Run away to your uncle’s house. When your brother’s anger subsides, I will send for you.” Then again life happens. When we think we are taking a break, when we feel we are buying ourselves time. Life actually happens. Our journey unfolds. And whether we like it or not, the days are counting and in only a matter of time, gates are shut close and others open.
To be continued.