Be Perfect!

Be Perfect!

Matthew 19:22

“He told the rich young man, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, than come, follow me”

    Each morning our first actions on getting up are to make our bed, for that is the one task  that can be accomplished well, and when I come home and see the bed no matter how badly the day has gone, there is my one success  and I can be proud of the  beautiful bed–and success! 

    The second task of the day is to pray  the Daily Office, meditate on the Ex amen, and celebrate the Eucharist, to center my day in Christ.

    The Eucharist reminds us that our bodies will be broken in service to Christ, rejection will be a large part of life, which is the cost of following Jesus.

    St Alban  was the first English martyr killed for harboring a priest fleeing the Romans. There is a cost to following Jesus.

    The one thing about Alban is he gave everything gladly, not one ounce of dread, but joy. He sets the example for us of living a life of joy and simplicity–regardless of the cost.

    I have been having trouble with my hearing, lately, from being stopped up from a cold or so I am telling myself. I will be getting a hearing test soon.

    But if we had a hearing test for the soul how would we fare. The Ex men is one of my methods, but even then I have a severe hearing loss, as I believe we all would. If only temporary caused by our sin, “in our thoughts and in our words, in what we have done, and what we have failed to do.”

    Let’s not be judgmental about the weaknesses and actions of others, while being unwilling to accept our own weaknesses, as Jesus tells us “Remove the wooden beam from your eye first.”

     So each day I make my bed, the one thing I can do well, and move through the day not judging people, but  caring for them–and it is surprising how people change when  we love them one by one, and like St. Alban trying my damn-est to live a life of joy.  And come home–and see my one success–the well made bed!

    STOP SHOUTING! YOU NEED TO GET A SOUL TEST! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Father River Damien Sims,sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164




If anyone would like to have the Eucharist I will gladly bring it and stand six feet a part; or will provide the liturgy for you to bless your own elements (“the priesthood of all believers,”) or we can celebrate on the phone or zoom.)


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