A Brush with Fame

Posted by James Hahn on

Tuesday September 24th

Luke 8:19-21

Long ago, actually it seems in another life, I was hanging out in the clubs etc. My friends and I would often go to a very popular bar in the next town that had a "country" night. We would get dressed up in boots and hat and go have some fun. One night I found myself in the midst of a bunch of people dancing on the floor in a straight line. We had our arms on each others' shoulders (picture the Rockettes). We were having a great time and laughed and talked to the person on either side. The person on my right was a young man by the name of Tim McGraw. He is a little better known now than he was back then. A bunch of us hung out with Tim, drank beer, and talked about nothing in particular until closing time.  Friends of mine have a similar story about passing football at a local county fair with Garth Brooks.

I think everyone has their claim to fame. Everyone has some event in their life where they were near or ran into someone of famous. We hold on to these memories dearly and imagine that in some way we too share in their fame. I am sure it was no different in the days when Our Lord was working miracles in Galilee.

If anyone within the sound of Jesus' voice were envious of Jesus' mother or brethren because of their familial relationship they are set straight by the words of Our Lord. In today's Gospel Jesus reminds me that the only way to share in His "fame" is to not only hear the word of God but also to do it.  Being friends or family is not enough for Jesus, the relationship has to go deeper than that.

Too often I think that since I follow the basic rules I am entitled to something. I think that since I am a "good person" I have some sort of claim on Christ. My only claim in reality, the only thing that is truly my own, my only claim to "fame" is my sin. Yet, though it be as scarlet He can make it clean and restore me to His family.

Lord Jesus, help me to stay ever vigilant against the tricks of the devil. Give me the grace to go through each day with open eyes and see that we are true kinsman, brothers, with the same Father and Mother only when I "hear the word of God and do it."

"I shall recall the straying; I shall seek the lost. Whether they wish it or not, I shall do it. And should the brambles of the forest tear at me when I seek them, I shall force myself through all straits; I shall pull down all hedges. So far as the God whom I fear grants me strength, I shall search everywhere." - Saint Augustine

What's your claim to fame?  Met someone famous?  Tell us about it in the comment section!

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