Shuck and Jive

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hobo Jesus

This economy sucks. Every week another person tells me that she or he has lost or is about to lose their job. It is a bit tough to keep upbeat, you know? On Sunday I included a reading from The Muslim Jesus by Tarif Khalidi. This book is a collection of sayings from Jesus and stories about him from the Islamic tradition. Muslims think Jesus was cool. To honor him and to emulate what they thought he was about they made up a bunch of stories about him just like Christians did. Here is the one I read on Sunday:
The day that Jesus was raised to heaven, he left behind nothing but a woolen garment, a slingshot, and two sandals.

Jesus used to eat the leaves of the trees, dress in hair shirts, and sleep wherever night found him. He had no child who might die, no house which might fall into ruin; nor did he save his lunch for his dinner or his dinner for lunch. He used to say, “Each day brings with it its own sustenance.” p. 94.
Whatever comes we need to care for the least of these and we need to care for children, the sick and the old folks. The rest of us? Hell, it is an adventure. I don't know if I can convince my lovely of this but maybe it is time to unload all of this accumulated crap and ride the rails.

If I was king of America I'd say to use this trillion dollar bailout money to rebuild our railways. Let's get rid of these damn cars. Railroads everywhere. That way I can ride from hobo jungle to hobo jungle with my hobo bride and my loose-leaf bible.

You know what a loose-leaf bible is right? It is your own bible that contains accumulated wisdom from a variety of sources. You can move the pages around in it and add new ones. If some control freak tells you you have to read his bible because he thinks it is the true one, you can tell him to kiss your hobo butt.

I know this economy sucks. It is scary. We can't get all bummed about it, otherwise we get depressed and mean. We have to keep upbeat, keep connected, tell jokes, and make up some good tunes. Above all, be kind and generous.
Each day brings with it its own sustenance.