The Easter Season is upon us with the big day only a week and a bit distant and that means that Latin America has shut down (essentially) for two weeks as people celebrate by going home and visiting relatives.
My work in Latin America basically comes to an abrupt stop as well because people are unavailable. It’s predictable. There are other predictable things in Mexico…
There are traditional miracles in Mexico every Easter Season as Jesus makes his appearance on tortillas.
No, I’m not making this up. Check it out for yourselves. Do the research. There are a lot of Jesus tortillas at this time of year and from what I’ve been able to determine, they are all worshiped. There are shrines to Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe that include tortillas
If you eat one, what happens to you? I can’t even guess. I haven’t met anyone who has…but I want to ask LSP if Karen’s Burritos in Itasca, Texas ever feature flour tortillas with the holy visage on them. Those brisket burritos are good – maybe that’s why? The Lone Star Parson is in the biz. He might be able to offer an explanation. Is it the “real Jesus” or a simulation? I’m not qualified to offer an opinion, though I have my suspicions.
I first noticed this phenomenon in Santa Ana, California (county seat of Orange County). There was a Mexican panadaria with a huge crowd in front of it, stretching into the street and blocking traffic. Hawkers had arrived and were plying their wares as they weaved in and out of the crowd. I didn’t know what to make of it, so I asked a local (my car was stopped by traffic, which made this easier) what happened.
“Jesus appeared at the bakery.”
That’s not something that you hear every day, but traffic started to crawl and the police arrived to clear people off First Street. Then I arrived at work at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (located half a mile from the miracle) and there was a buzz going between our clerks, some of whom were Mexican, about the Miracle-on-First Street. Having just passed by the site of the miracle, I asked for details. “Jesus appeared on a tortilla,” a woman of faith said without breaking a grin. “It’s a sign, Mr. LL.”
“A sign of what?” My question went unanswered.
I learned that, Jesus appears on tortillas in Mexico with some regularity at Easter
– but only on flour tortillas. Whether or not the divine is drawn to flour tortillas over corn is something else The evidence is overwhelming. Maza (corn) doesn’t make the cut.
I’ve heard of riots and injuries at a bakery in Tlaquepaque (a subset of Guadalajara) in the run up to the holy week, as people jostled each other to have the opportunity to gaze at a tortilla that somebody placed at a shrine set up inside of a bakery.
I am personally a man of faith. I spend a great deal of time researching things Biblical. I go to church. But I draw the line at worshiping a burned tortilla. Am I a heretic?