The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago

img_4671Book #13.

This controversial book tells the tale of Jesus Christ since his birth up to his death. It basically follows what’s written in the Bible but with some very notable changes. Here we see Jesus as human just like all of us, that Mary Magdalene is his lover, God’s working relationship with the devil and more.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ is my first Saramago read and I must say I found it very interesting. While reading this, part of me kind of believed this was actually the real story but thanks to the humorous and sarcastic interruptions every now and then that it reminded me it’s not. The writing style was new to me, the narration are in very long sentences and paragraphs with almost no breaks but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this. What struck me the most I guess is the part towards the end where God, Jesus and the devil had a conversation on the boat. This is where Saramago tells us that if God exists, He is an egomaniac and not the God we assume He is nowadays. Soon enough, Jesus was disappointed as he realized that he was a victim of God’s pride, a sacrificial lamb as Saramago puts it.

I do understand the controversy of this book as Jesus is not as righteous as Christians think he is in Senhor Saramago’s pen. This will insult and shock many but this is how he writes. Take it or leave it.

Quotable Quotes :

“The time for miracles has either passed or not come yet, besides, miracles, genuine miracles, whatever people say, are not such a good idea, if it means destroying the very order of things in order to improve them.”

“For human words are like shadows, and shadows are incapable of explaining light and between shadow and light there is the opaque body from which words are born.”

“This is how everyone has to begin, men who have never known a woman, women who have never known a man, until the day comes for the one who knows to teach the one who does not.”

“Somewhere in the infinite that He occupies, God advances and withdraws the pawns of the other games He plays, but it is too soon to worry about this one, all He need do for the present is allow things to take their natural course, apart from the occasional adjustment with the tip of His little finger to make sure some stray thought or action does not interfere with the harmony of destinies.”

Rating : 4/5 stars

Quote of the Week 

There is no pit so deep, 

that God’s love is not deeper still.

-Corrie ten Boom

Oh Life! How Unpredictable…

I’ve been through a lot of pain/heartache this past few weeks. What happened was something really unexpected. I think this is the moment in my life where it’s really sinking in — not everything you want in life goes the way you want and plan it to! It’s very different when I was younger, when I was still a little girl, when I was still a teenager. It was different when I got my first “real” job. It’s funny how we know how we want our lives to be like when we were kids. It’s like we know how our lives are going to turn out when we grow up. But it’s different then. It’s different now.

My life now is not even a fraction near to what I thought my life would be when I was 7. Oh not that it’s a bad thing, I’ve been happy with what happened to me, really. A lot of good and bad things happened to me along the way and it led me to where I am today. I get to experience things I never thought I could do. I get to feel emotions I never thought I’d feel. I became what I never thought I’d be.

Yes, life is really unpredictable and maybe the best thing we can do is to let it be. Let it happen and be prepared for its unpredictability. Accept the fact that life is unpredictable and we can’t always have it our way. It may be painful sometimes, heartbreaking even, but we should not forget that God has a purpose for everything. After all, as cliché as it may sound, life is a journey. You can’t always predict what happens. There may be “stopovers” once in a while but it’s always up to us how to resume with our lives from there.

Happy Tuesday, homo sapiens!

Quote of the Week

Thank GOD for people that remain kind even when the world is not kind with them. 

-Unknown

Eid Mubarak!

Long weekend ahead! Yes, more time to rest, read and relax (I hope) because it’s holiday!

Every year, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha, The Festival of the Sacrifice. It’s a big holiday that takes place at the end of Hajj or the pilgrimage to Mecca which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It is also to honor and commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

It is also during Eid Al-Adha that many Muslim families buy an animal, like sheep or cow, to be used as sacrifice and then share the meat among themselves, their relatives, friends, neighbors and the less fortunate. It reminds me of Christmas where Christians also share what they’ve got to everyone and that there shouldn’t be anyone left with nothing to eat. Oh, the idea of sharing! I hope it happens every day, not only on holidays!

Anyway, the holiday kicks off on Wednesday, the 23rd and runs through Sunday, the 27th.

Eid Mubarak! 🙂