I'm home. Closing arguments were Monday and I was on a plane Tuesday. I didn't stay and wait for the verdict, and unfortunately, I"m glad I left. We lost. If you want to know more about the trial, google "Michael Leman". I'm not going to discuss it, though I will say the press coverage was biased.
The thought struck me in court about how we use ritual to place a sense of importance and gravity on a situation. The Mass, the source and summit of our faith, is scripted almost start to finish. Whether the response is "and also with you" or "and with your spirit", it is known by all involved regularly and it is a response not common outside the ritual. Everyone has his/her place. There is a beginning and an end. Perhaps it would seem more like going to see my buddy Jesus if it was more spontaneous, or if the format was less set, but are we called to relate to Jesus more as buddy or more as authority?
Courts have their rituals from the knock stating that the judge or jury is entering the room, to those in attendance rising to greet the judge and jury. Witnesses are sworn, dress codes enforced, movements limited. If anyone doubted that Court was serious, an afternoon of observing the rituals would quickly convince them that it was.
Have you ever observed a trial? What did you think?