Some time ago a traveling preacher walked from town to town speaking to anyone who would listen about God and scripture and sin and salvation. He was one of many street preachers, but his words found a place in the hearts of the poor and the outcast. Soon crowds gathered wherever he appeared.
He renounced violence, but he lived in violent times. Segregation and discrimination oppressed his people, and the greater society saw them as troublemakers, if not terrorists. He had more than a few close calls, including a near-lynching, before his arrest.
His trial was fixed. Church and State had decided he needed to be gotten out of the way. The Church tried to murder his reputation and the State applied its most brutal method of execution to deter any would-be followers who might want to make him a cause.
Human nature being what it is, he still comes back and speaks his truth. He still dodges assassins, he endures a show trial, he sits in a cell, he dies. A just world where the good and innocent are not made to suffer is not the world we live in. Between noon and 3pm today many people will take time to reflect on this.