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Topic: Clarify (10/15/15)
TITLE: Court of Law
By Judy Sauer
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Sister Mary Grace is an expert witness in a trial. She is a witness for the defense of William James Brown.
“Sister Mary Grace, tell the court what you mean by your last comment. Will the court reporter please read back her statement?”
“I believe in Jesus Christ,” cites the court reporter.
“What’s so confusing about that statement?” Sister Mary Grace asked the Prosecuting Attorney, as she leaned closer to the microphone, as if proximity would clear up his misunderstanding. “It’s a statement of conviction. It’s about my belief system. I am, after all, a woman of the cloth. You do realize that I am a nun, correct? What part do you not understand young man?”
Indignant at Sister Mary Grace’s questions, the Prosecuting Attorney fumes and rolls his eyes. “I’m the one asking the questions, Sister. You answer the questions, usually with a yes or no response. I hope this isn’t too difficult for you to follow,” he retorts in a snarky tone.
“Oh, I follow you just fine young man. You seem confused. Do you know about Jesus Christ? Is that what you’re wanting me to expound upon?”
Now flabbergasted, the Prosecuting Attorney shifts his questioning tactics, as he shuffles his feet. “Sister, how long have you known the Defendant, William James Brown?”
“Ever since he was in Kindergarten.” After a pause, “I thought you were going to ask how long I’ve known Jesus Christ.”
“Well, since you raised the topic, how long have you known Jesus Christ?”
“All my life. Ever since I can remember being a little girl in school with the nuns at Saint Anthony’s.”
“What can you tell me about your relationship with William James Brown?” the attorney asked trying to get his Prosecuting Attorney groove back.
“Oh sonny, I’ve known Willy, I mean, William, since he was a little boy. I recall the day he came to school. He learned about Jesus Christ that first day.” She shifts to adjust her habit. She wears the old, traditional habit consisting of a long black skirt, with a black caped shirt, and on her head, a black cloth with a white band peaking out above her eyebrows, and rosary beads hanging from her rope belt. “I was his teacher from Kindergarten through third grade. He was a fine student—always asking questions to better understand.
“Why is Jesus Christ so important, Sister?” he asked hoping to trip her up.
Without hesitation, “Haven’t you heard? He died so we can all go to heaven and meet his Father. Son, by the questions you keep asking, it makes me think you do not know our Lord, and Savior.”
The courtroom erupts into laughter.
With a slam of the gavel, the Judge yells “”Order. Order in the Courts.”
She continues, “he died so we could be saved from our sins. He redeemed us sonny. He freed us, and redeemed us, for all eternity. We don’t have a punishing God. God is gracious, merciful, full of forgiveness, and love eternal. You really should check into this before the end of today. Jesus is that important. He’s our Savior, redeemer, protector, and best friend. Who is your best friend?
“Again, Sister,” in an annoyed voice, “I ask the questions, and you answer them.”
Before he could go on, she pipes in “If you are not listening to God, who do you listen to?”
“I am not on trial. William James Brown is. You are an expert witness. I have a list of questions to ask about your expertise, so can we get to them please?
With a chuckle in her throat, Sister says dryly, “I thought that is what we have been doing all along. Am I not here to testify about Jesus, and how Willy is a good Christian? You have mountains of evidence to prove he is a Christian. Can you not see it?”
Judge Walters interrupts. Will both attorneys approach the bench? In hushed tones, he says, “it looks like Sister has clearly stated the validity of Jesus. I want to cancel this trial on the basis that there is far more evidence to prove William James Brown is a Christian man. Sister is putting you through the wringer Mr. Prosecuting Attorney. I am declaring all charges be dropped, and Mr. Brown be free to go. Now, go sit down.”
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