I would suggest that neither son in this reading was really paying attention to the Father. One says he will go to work and then does not. The other son says he will not go to work, but then does. We tend to judge the one who did the Father’s will is the better son. Better, but not by much. By the way, this parable comes up just before the parable of the Prodigal Son. Reflect on that for a moment.
Another thought to consider, why do we forget to do the things we promised to do? For me it is old age. I just do not remember everything. Also, there are many things I would like to do and sometimes it is hard to prioritize. And if I spend too much time prioritizing, I do not get much done. At this point I guess it better to take a nap. Yet, there are many things I do not forget. For example, having coffee in the morning. Checking email. Watching the news for a few minutes. I have gotten better at remembering my prayers during the day. In the grand scheme of things what is the most important? Of course, we say we want to spend time with God. But is that done out of desire to spend time with God or because we feel we must?
Where are you at today?
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen