Monday, December 23, 2013
Jose & Maria Go To Hollywood
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2: Re-Contextualized for 21st Century Southern California
In those days a decree went out from President Obama that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Jerry Brown was governor of California. All went to their own towns to be registered. Jose also went from the town of San Juan Capistrano in Orange County to Los Angeles, to the city of the stars called Hollywood. He went to be registered with Maria, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in a thrift store blanket, and laid him in a horse trough, because there was no vacancy in any of the hotels.
Just east of that region there were undocumented workers living in the barrio, earning money washing dishes at a restaurant on Sunset. While they were working late into the night, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—-I am bringing you good news of great joy for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or nationality: to you is born this day in the city of Hollywood a Savior, who will deliver real Hope & Change. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in a thrift store blanket and lying in a horse trough.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth dignity & a path to real citizenship among those whom he favors!” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the undocumented said to one another, “Let us go now to Hollywood and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Maria and Jose, and the child lying in the horse trough. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the undocumented told them. But Maria treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The undocumented returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
*Inspired by Clarence Jordan's Cotton Patch Gospel & Ched Myers' Our God Is Undocumented: Biblical Faith & Immigrant Justice.