Jesus Walked Into the Supreme Court
By Michelle Garren Flye
Jesus walked into the Supreme Court. Today was the day the latest justice would be confirmed, and He felt sure this was where he needed to be. All eight current justices were dressed in black, their robes and faces matching in their sobriety.
“Surely today is a good day,” said Jesus to one, a black man with a reflective look in his eyes.
“Not today.” The black man shook his head. “Today, we confirm that we never learned anything.” He looked at Jesus sadly, and Jesus knew what this man’s thoughts were. That he hadn’t always been a good man. That he had made others uncomfortable, had even laughed at them. But this man had worked hard for many years to live down his faults. Now, faced by one who had done worse, he felt the weight of his sins again.
Jesus placed a hand on the black man’s. “The days will be better. Some day.”
The black man smiled but he turned away. Jesus looked at another man, a man with silver hair. He was the last justice to be appointed to this court. He wasn’t a bad man, either. He had strong opinions and beliefs and they sometimes colored his judgments, but he tried hard. He looked at Jesus. “What are you doing here?” he said. “There’s not much you can do here today.”
“I can’t do much here any day.” Jesus sat next to the man. “That’s up to you.”
The silver haired man nodded and looked at his hands as if he wished he could find answers there. The others seemed not to know Jesus was there. All but one, an old woman with deep hollows in her cheeks and dark circles under her eyes. She looked at Jesus with caution. “You’re not here to take me, are you?”
“Not yet.” Jesus patted the bench beside Him. “I think you have work to do yet.”
The old woman sat down and crossed her wrinkled, old hands in her lap. “For once,” she said, “you and I agree.”