What if we were still waiting for Christmas?
What if Jesus were born in the year 2007 to a young Jewish couple in New York City, instead of Bethlehem two millennia ago? Mary is an 18-year-old high school senior, and Joe, her fiancé, is 23, working hard to get Techweb established as an Internet consulting firm. Would anyone believe Mary and Joe’s claim to abstinence? What kind of advice would they receive from family, friends, neighbors, and folks at the corner deli?
Spurning her mother’s insistence that she “take care of it,” Mary is thrown out of the house, rejected by Joe, and expelled from school as she grows larger with child. Her family doctor is baffled; his examination reveals her story to be true! Mary goes to live with her beautician cousin in a crowded apartment, and begins to lose heart. But a sassy Hispanic angel in a Mets cap and jacket wrestles Joe in an alleyway and makes him listen to the divine message of the miraculous, “Fear Not.” The couple is reunited and together face a hostile and unbelieving world.
Mary And Joe makes the traditional Christmas story impossible to ignore. Instead of putting the holy couple’s story back in antiquity, at a sort of a Hallmark-card safe distance, Mary And Joe asks: What if we were still waiting for Christmas?
By imagining what would happen if such a miracle were to occur in our day, to two young New Yorkers in this case, the Christmas story becomes provocative and inescapable. We must decide–is this for real? Could this story be true?
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