In this Sunday's reading from Matthew 22:15-22, Jesus has to fend off his questioners much like a nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States when he or she faces the Senate Judicial Committee.
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
I don't think one side of the aisle in the Judiciary Committee was amazed at our most recent Supreme Court nominee's answers, and I know they won't go away, but I sure was impressed. I remember looking out of my father's apartment down upon her High School years ago wondering what those young girls would grow up to be never imagining this.
I am amazed.
I wish her well.