Why did Simon in The Bronze Bow say going to the synagogue was "none too soon"?

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In Chapter 4 of The Bronze Bow we find Daniel starting to wish he had never come down from the mountains.  His friend Simon comes by and asks Daniel to come to the synagogue with him because it is the Sabbath and he wants Daniel to hear a man speak.  Daniel tells Simon that he hasn't been to the synagogue for five years.  He says that one more Sabbath won't matter. 

"On the contrary," Simon answered with a smile. "Today is none too soon."

Simon is letting Daniel know that it is about time he visit the synagogue exactly because it has been five years.  Simon feels that because Daniel has avoided his spritual growth and the laws of their religion it is time for Daniel to go to the synagogue without wasting another Sabbath.

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