Once again the news stories that seem to get the most attention in the culture is surrounded around a celebrity. There is always so much attention paid to when a celebrity falls even though what they did is all to common. Attention is also paid to those who are famous for basically being famous. Those from a prominent family with lots of money who make fools of themselves in their lack of restraint. A culture that worships fame and money seems to take some pleasure when they fall. A sort of smug attitude is easy to develop to think “Hey if I had that much money or was so famous, I wouldn’t make those mistakes and would enjoy having it.” We wonder how they can squander their “good luck” and to end up causing scandal. Surely with enough money we would be content.
To paraphrase the Prophet Samuel when relating a story to King David. “We are that man.” Which one of us has not squandered the gifts given to us from God. That have not prepared ourselves for the grace He would surely give us if we were open to it. As Catholics how much do we really do as individuals to both prepare ourselves for and to avail ourselves of the sacraments. We go to Mass distracted and remain so even as Calvary unfolds before us and the wonder and mystery of the Eucharist presents itself to us. We hardly pray or fast and then wonder why God has not made saints of us yet. We have the Pearl of Great Price and still try to fill our lives with what will never fulfill us. But hey it’s much easier to ding on the latest celebrity scandal then see our own sins and how far we have fallen from the mark. in fact it is much easier to write a blog post on this then to take my own advice.