Fireflies Sparkling in the Night

Fireflies Sparkling in the Night

Matthew 9:18-26

    Our gospel today  is one of the miracles of Jesus, but what about the other 95 percent of the time? He did not cure every other sick person? Are the one’s cured “special”?What about the 30 years before his ministry? Jesus was a carpenter, simply a life of making a living, rather boring and my guess is that outside of these miracles his day to day life was rather boring.

       Mark Manson reminds us: “Your actions actually do not matter in the grand scheme of things. .the vast majority of your life will be boring and not noteworthy and that is ok. .”

    We all want hundreds of likes on Facebook, a hundred people to talk to on snap chat. and if we do not have that we are a failure.

    I have spent most of my life trying to succeed, to stand out, to be number one–and we come down to what Manson tells us: “your actions actually do not matter in the grand scheme of things. .” and I know the moment I draw my last breath I become forgotten.

    Entering the autumn of my  life we have come to see we are simply a fire fly in the midst of thousands, a fire fly flickering in the night and that leaves us free to accomplish what we want to accomplish, which is simply to walk with people on their journey, without judgment or expectations and appreciate life’s  basic experiences: pleasure in simple friendship,  creating something, helping a person in need, reading a good book, and laughing with someone we  care about. These are the things that are ordinary, ordinary for the  reason they really matter. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


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

P.O. Box 6424656

San Francisco, CA 94164





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