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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hand of God (Final Installment)

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Like many people who have viewed the Hand of God episode, I have given plenty of thought to some hidden meaning behind Tommy, the darkness, the voice, Chad Goodwell, God is Nowhere, and God is Now Here. And, as you could probably tell through my other installments, I didn’t take things so lightly. In fact, I think it took less time for me to research and write my Master’s thesis!

In the Hand of God episode, we are brought to a world that is extremely difficult to understand. As I stated in an earlier installment, there is a very deep structure to it. There is so much to piece together that I was constantly looking for signs of how things were connected and how to interpret those connections. For example, all the blood, the rain, the thunder, the lightning, the church bells, the hemography files, the music (Apple of Sodom), the characters, the dreams, the murders, Sodalitas Quaerito, and let’s not forget, Mango! (By the way, for those of you who didn’t catch the episode…Mango was a nickname given to Alva by his mom when he was a young boy. Alva told Paul that Mango was a bloodhound from a children’s book.)

According to Tommy, the “darkness” wants everything. That’s what led me to think of the quote, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (This quote is from the New Testament of the Bible, Mark 8:36.) By gaining everything, the darkness is trapped within its own prison. It can never leave this dark realm but it can find ways to continue the pattern of evil by bargaining for the souls of others.

Chad Goodwell is one such example of a person who lost his soul to evil. When he was unable to satiate evil with the murder of Kenneth Webster, he surrendered his soul and entered the realm of perpetual darkness. I think that “the voice” he heard was evil pretending to be God and that’s how he was trapped. No way out!

That leads to another thought. Why these six people? I think these six people have been receiving messages/signs that mention Paul Callan because there is someone who is trying to reach him. Couldn't that person be his father? Isn't it possible that his father bargained with evil and is trapped within the realm of its darkness? Isn’t it possible that Paul has been chosen to save him? There's much to think about.

Thank you for giving me the floor for this episode. I know it was a difficult one to muddle through, and the dark nature of it may not have been as entertaining as some other fare. I believe that this episode is key to the story arc of the Miracles series which so much of us enjoy. So, hopefully it’s been worth the effort.

A very special “thank you” goes to Skeetrfan for all her encouragement to persevere through this episode.

Skeet Dreams, everyone!

P.S. By the way, Skeet enjoyed New Jersey very much. I'll tell you two things...we danced to "Jersey Girl" sung by Bruce Springsteen; and, before he left, I let Skeet plant some beans in my garden; afterall, this is the Garden State!