Lent 4 – Promises, Promises

Homily by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 03/14/2010

Motoring through the small southern town—past the corner drugstore, past the movie theater and the café—he glanced at his watch and saw that he was running late.

He glanced left and right, looking out for a squad car.

Not spotting any, he stepped on the accelerator and sped past the few other cars on Main Street.

Then, when he had almost reached the city limits sign, he heard the sound of a police siren behind him.

A black and white police car had appeared out of nowhere.

Red-faced, the driver pulled over.

The sheriff asked to see the man’s driver’s license and asked whether he realized he had been speeding.

Sheepishly, the man admitted his guilt and was promptly informed that he would be receiving a traffic citation and would have to appear before the judge.

Within the hour, the man was standing in the courtroom.

“Guilty or not guilty?” the judge asked.

“Guilty, your Honor” the man whispered contritely.

The judge banged his gavel and exclaimed, “That’ll be ten dollars—a dollar for every mile you went over the limit.”

Looking up from his desk and taking a closer look at the perpetrator, the judge suddenly recognized him.

“You have violated the law, sir.” he said. “The fine must be paid… But… I am going to pay it for you. That is a promise.”

The judge reached for his wallet, pulled out a ten dollar bill, attached it to the ticket, and gave it to the sergeant-at-arms.

“Sir, I have kept my promise.”

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