Matt Mikalatos: Writer and protagonist
“How do you deal with a God who breaks all the rules that your confident, well-meaning friends have told you he will follow? They had told me that he wouldn't invade my life with inconveniences like miracles, things that make me stop and realize the fragile, illusory nature of nature. And here he was, showing me that little things like pain and death and the rules of the universe weren't going to get in the way of his doing whatever he liked. I can remember lying there in the dark and thinking, 'If this is true, then he can do whatever he pleases. Who knows what he might ask of me? I can't control him. I can't box him in with my own beliefs and philosophies.'”
“Hospitals aren't funny. They're designed to fight against death, and that makes them a testimony to the fact that death exists. The most successful operation, the most brilliant doctor, the most miraculous pharmaceutical is nothing but a detour on a one-way street.”
“A sitcom played on the television, trying to assure us that life is a comedy, that in half and hour all our problems would be solved.”
“And then, of course, there was this bread. His body. I took the bread and dipped it in the cup. His blood. I put it in my mouth, chewing carefully. Here was a reminder that when I least deserved it, when I was his enemy, he died so that I could live. He died so that the entire world order could be restructured, so the dead could live, so that the universe could be restored. He died so that I could live a victorious life, so that I could become like him and no longer be held captive to my own nature and desires but could instead break out of those for my deeper desires, those amazing, wonderful, transcendent actions that I so badly wanted to do but couldn't without his help. He died so that I could live his life.”
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