Deaconed on the Word Posts

  • Your sins are forgiven June 30, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Here is an interesting question for you to think about: what is the most important part of the Jesus’s message? If you had to choose what was the most important verse, phrase, parable, what would it be? How about; “Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven”. That is a good one, it makes sense, and ...
  • Ye of little faith June 28, 2022Ed Schmidt
    So, let’s replay the events of today’s gospel. It has been a busy week. First there was the curing of the Centurion’s Servant. He came running up to Jesus and said, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in ...
  • Believing is seeing June 27, 2022Ed Schmidt
    The other day I was driving around the Montrose area and my cell phone stopped working. I couldn’t believe it, I hadn’t gone over any steep hill, hadn’t gone around any sharp corner, hadn’t gone under any underpasses it just stopped getting signal. So, I did want any rational thinking, well educated, tech savvy person ...
  • John, the cousin of our Lord June 23, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Isn’t it interesting that we find it very easy to think of Jesus as an infant in swaddling clothes or our savior on the cross but almost never anything else? The same is true for John the Baptist. When we picture him, we probably see this scruffy looking guy with knotted hair, and tangled beard ...
  • Worrying about our own planks June 20, 2022Ed Schmidt
    The gospel of Matthew is very interesting. It is one of the three Gnostic gospels, meaning that it has similar stories to Mark and Luke, it was written about the same time as the gospel of Luke, somewhere between 85 and 90 AD and it is the gospel that was clearly written for a Jewish ...
  • Our Father June 15, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Here is an interesting hypothetical question; What would you ask Jesus if you had the chance face to face? There are numerous instances in the bible where different individuals had that opportunity; the rich young man ask how he could attain eternal life, the disciples asked who would be greater in heaven, Martha asked Jesus ...
  • Act of Love June 14, 2022Ed Schmidt
    The other day I was talking with our first communion students, (They are receiving the sacrament this coming Sunday) and we were discussing the concept of a good act of contrition verses bad act of contrition. When you are 10 years old the concept is actually pretty easy to convey; are you sorry because you ...
  • If we tell two friends June 2, 2022Ed Schmidt
    There was a famous commercial, back in the 70’s by a hair care product called Faberge Organic shampoo. The tv image started with the head shot of one young woman saying how much she liked the product and how she told two friends. She then said that they told two friends, and they told two ...
  • The Visitation May 31, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Today is the feast of the Visitation. It is the second of the joyful mysteries and the one that use to feel a bit out of place to me. After all the first Joyful mystery is the Annunciation, clearly very important. After all it involved an appearance of an Angel and Virgin conception. After something ...
  • Are we left looking into the sky? May 29, 2022Ed Schmidt
    As you heard in Father’s introduction, today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of our Lord. The day on which Jesus left this earth and ascended back into heaven. For such an important feast day today’s gospel seems almost anti-climactic. It just says, “As He blessed them he parted from them and was taken ...
  • Just a thought May 17, 2022Ed Schmidt
    "You brought confusion on the guards at your tomb, but joy to your disciples." This was a verse that I came across the other day, and it made me stop. For a really long time. "You brought confusion on the guards at your tomb, but joy to your disciples." In Matthew 27 and 28 it ...
  • Being a sheep ain’t so bad May 8, 2022Ed Schmidt
    It appears as though I have been living with a misconception. For some reason I was under the impression that sheep were dumb animals. It turns out they are actually very intelligent. Did you that they have very impressive cognitive ability and just like humans, they form deep and lasting bonds with each other, they ...
  • Bread of life May 5, 2022Ed Schmidt
    We all are familiar with the story of the exodus. After their time of slavery in the Egypt, Moses gets the pharaoh to let the Jewish people go free (after a little of persuading in the form of Blood, Frogs, Bugs, Wild Animals, Pestilence, Boils, Hail, Locust, Darkness, and Death). And off they go. The ...
  • Do you Agape me? May 1, 2022Ed Schmidt
    What if I told you that there are three types of love? At least that is true in the Greek language. At the time that the gospels were written the dominant language of the translations was Greek, so these three types of love are important. The Greek words for love are agape, phileo and eros. ...
  • He does not ration his gifts April 28, 2022Ed Schmidt
    He does not ration his gift of the Spirit. This is an interesting time in the Church calendar. We are still in the Easter time. Still living in the revelation of the resurrection, but not with something directly in front of us to be walking towards. We Catholics are great pilgrims. We walk the 40 ...
  • What more do we need? April 26, 2022Ed Schmidt
    It is so difficult for us to imagine the things of heaven. “If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.” ...
  • Our 5 wounds April 24, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Does anyone here know what are the only man-made things in heaven? By a show of hands, how many think that they know the answer? For those that don’t know, there was a hint in today’s gospel. It was what Jesus used to identify himself to the apostles. Remember? It was also the identifier that ...
  • We knew that April 21, 2022Ed Schmidt
    One of the interesting things about the bible is that it has so many styles of literature all under one cover. There is poetry, history, laws, lessons and stories. Today’s Gospel is a good example of that last one. This morning we find ourselves toward the end of the Gospel of Luke, actually both yesterday ...
  • Where is He April 19, 2022Ed Schmidt
    It always amazes me to think of how the disciples did not get that Jesus was the Lord. Maybe it was a different time. Maybe back in 29 AD people were cured of blindness every day. Perhaps the lame got up and walked around every Tuesday. And Lepers were cleaned every other Thursday, but I ...
  • Both – And April 12, 2022Ed Schmidt
    “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Not your typical dinner conversation. Here you are for the biggest feast of the year, sitting around the table with all of your friends, those that you have spent almost 3 years with and out of nowhere your host says, “one of you ...
  • Wave your palms in the air like you just do care April 10, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Recently I have been reminded of the 1971 opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber Jesus Christ SuperStar. Imagine, it was first performed over 50 years ago. In it there is the scene of Palm Sunday where Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem to the crowd singing and waving palm branches. The song goes: Hosanna, hey sanna, sanna sanna ...
  • Between theory and reality April 1, 2022Ed Schmidt
    There is a story of a little boy that comes home from school troubled by the day’s lessons. After dinner he goes up to his father and explains that the teacher was trying to explain the difference between theory and reality, and he didn’t get it. “Hmmmm”, his father says, “that’s a tough one. The ...
  • Take up your mat March 28, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Every once in a while, someone will ask me what is the best way to read the bible. There are many schools of thought on this topic. Although the most commonly held rule of thumb is that you should not start at the beginning and attempt to read straight through. The primary reason is that ...
  • How many times? March 22, 2022Ed Schmidt
    The hardest thing about putting my thoughts down on today’s gospel was deciding where to begin. Is today’s lesson about how much God loves us or how much we are supposed to love others? Somehow starting with 77 times or even 70 times 7 doesn’t seem to do either question justice. That would be somewhere ...
  • Why? March 19, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Why? Or maybe I should say, Whyyyyy??? Having raised three children I can attest that the first word that they learned was “no”, but the second one, that did not come very far behind it was “why”. Good morning sleepy head, time to get up”, “why”. “Because the sun is up, it is a beautiful ...
  • Lazarus one and two March 19, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Let me start by saying that these purple garments and fine linens are provided for me and has no relation to the first verse in today’s gospel. This has nothing to do with today’s message, I am just saying. The question is, “what would it take for you to change your mind?” If you were ...
  • Humbly serve March 15, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Let me start by admitting that I had to look up to see what a phylactery is. Not that I feel that I should be up to date on all Jewish traditions, but I just had to know what it was that these people were widening. For the record, a phylactery is a small box ...
  • Are you serious? March 14, 2022Ed Schmidt
    When dealing with children I have no doubt you have run into the “are you serious” questions. You know, those time when they ask you a question and your first response is “are you serious?” These are not rhetorical questions, like “wow, do you see that sunset”. I mean “are you serious” questions like “do ...
  • The Perfect Prayer March 8, 2022Ed Schmidt
    A good friend of mine loves to tell the story of the first time that he visited the Grand Canyon. He took the mule ride down into the canyon to stay overnight at the Phantom Ranch. He had heard how amazing the sunset was when you got down to the bottom. He bought a bunch ...
  • Everything is possible to one that has faith February 24, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Today’s gospel reading is an interesting one, and one that needs a little bit of context to be fully appreciated. It is from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 9. This chapter is close to the middle of Mark and begins with the transfiguration of Jesus. As a matter of fact, this entire section of that ...
  • Feed my Sheep February 22, 2022Ed Schmidt
    On a number of occasions, I have expressed how much I can relate to Peter. That is clearly up to a point, and today is beyond that point. Today is the feast of the Chair of Peter, the first Pope and foundation of the church. We will get to the chair in a minute, but ...
  • Like He loves me February 20, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Saint Luke really knows how to get to the point, “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.” It’s so simple This past weekend we had a group visiting us in Crested Butte from Denver. There were 25 young adult Catholics ...
  • You are not thinking as God does February 16, 2022Ed Schmidt
    You have to wonder what was going through Peter’s mind? Today’s gospel story is recorded in two placed in the bible, with two slightly different accounts. Here in Mark 8, Jesus is telling his disciples that He, the Son of Man, must suffer greatly” to which Peter quietly takes Him aside to “rebuke” Him. Seems ...
  • Serenity prayer February 14, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Most of us are familiar with a piece of prose commonly referred to as the serenity prayer. If asked to quote it we might get it wrong but we can muddle through the general idea. It says something about not getting too upset with things that we cannot control. The prayer was originally written by ...
  • Laughing with February 12, 2022Ed Schmidt
    There is a wonderful song by Regina Spector called, “Laughing with”. If you haven’t heard it, not to worry, my youngest daughter tells me that I have terrible taste in music, so this could be the reason. But I have always loved this song, because of her voice, because of the music and because of ...
  • Here I am, send me February 9, 2022Ed Schmidt
    When you were a child did you ever play the “what would you do” game? It wasn’t necessarily a formal game, just part of a passing conversation. You and some friends would be walking in the woods, and someone would say, “what would you do if a bear jumped out right now?”. Or you would ...
  • Silence February 9, 2022Ed Schmidt
    A number of times I have referred to the two students that are preparing for their first communion this coming spring. One of the first classes that we had was on the subject of prayer, those that they knew, those that they did not know that they knew and those that they didn’t know but ...
  • “He was against it” February 3, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Today’s gospel is another instance where we see Mark and Luke telling the same story from their very different perspectives. At face value, they both tell the same story. Jesus calls His disciples together and sends them forth. Simple enough, except that Mark has him sending forth the 12 and Luke has him sending the ...
  • Come Down Lord January 31, 2022Ed Schmidt
    The events described in today’s gospel must have been amazing. Think of it in the perspective our communities. Imagine if we heard of this teacher that drew hundreds of people to a gathering in Montrose. He crossed the Blue Mesa and preached over by the Iola Boat ramp where he healed a woman just by ...
  • Love is … January 30, 2022Ed Schmidt
    In this morning’s announcement you heard our lector welcome us to the 4th Sunday in ordinary time … that means that we are already at the end of January and next week begins the month of February… February, the month that holds the most dreaded holiday of the entire year. Some of you are nodding, ...
  • Children of the Light January 27, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Some time ago I had the chance to attend a week long youth retreat that had chosen as their inspiration Isaiah 9:2. The verse that goes, “the people who walk in darkness, will see a great light”. The first day of the retreat they gave us a number of things for the week including a ...
  • The conversion of Paul January 25, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Yesterday afternoon I met with two students that are preparing for their first communion. In that particular class we were discussing the sacrament of reconciliation. Some time during the beginning of Lent they will celebrate this sacrament, so we were discussing forgiveness. The example that we used was the parable of the prodigal son. We ...
  • Parts of the body January 25, 2022Ed Schmidt
    Today’s second reading is probably known to each one of us. We have probably all even heard a version of it outside of church. It is the perfect coach’s “not everyone can be the superstar” pep talk, or the perfect parent “we love you just as much as we love your big brother” talk, or ...
  • Saint Sebastian January 20, 2022Ed Schmidt
    The gospel that I just read is from the tenth chapter of Matthew. It is when Jesus sends out the apostles to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.” He adds, “Freely you have received; freely give”. For 42 versus, in that chapter, Jesus tells them what to ...
  • Shiny boots January 18, 2022Ed Schmidt
    There is a story of a young man that decided to attend the Sunday service at the local church. He was very nervous, seeing that he had not been to a Sunday service in quite a while, so he took out his best pair of jeans, and white collared shirt and washed them so that ...
  • The Leprosy of Dorian Gray January 13, 2022Ed Schmidt
    One of the books that we were required to read in high school was the Portrait of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. The basic story was of an exceptionally vain young man that sits to have a portrait painted of himself. He is immediately struck by his own beauty and wishes that he would never ...
  • Listen first January 13, 2022Ed Schmidt
    My brother has three children, two girls and a boy. All three are great kids and we were fortunate enough to know them while they were growing up. Allan was the middle child and a very typical boy. He would get into his share of trouble partially because he was the forgotten middle child and ...
  • The glass on the left or the glass on the right January 6, 2022Ed Schmidt
    The other day, I was in a class for two students that are studying to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist this April. We were talking about prayer, and I asked them if they knew any prayers …. after some thought they said “no”. “Really, you don’t know any prayers?” They thought about it for ...
  • Feeding the entire world January 4, 2022Ed Schmidt
    There is a show on television that is hosted by magicians Penn & Teller that is called “Fool us”. It is billed as a magic competition television program in which magicians perform tricks in front of the American magician-comedian duo. The point is to Fool them, to perform a magical trick that even Penn & ...
  • A resolution pass January 2, 2022Ed Schmidt
    When I was a kid the feast of the Epiphany was a big deal. We would typically take the figures of the three kings out of the nativity box on Thanksgiving and set them on their journey. They would start in the basement, and head for the place where we would always put the Christmas ...
  • The mother of God January 1, 2022Ed Schmidt
    When the Deacon is assisting the priest during the celebration of the mass there is a particular point, while the bread and wine are being prepared, that he says a particular blessing. After he pours the wine into the chalice, he follows up with a drop or two of water and says, “by the mystery ...
  • Just the facts ma’am December 29, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Do you remember that 1960’s TV show Dragnet? Sargent Joe Friday would follow “an actual case from official police files. From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Dragnet a story of your police force in action!” There was a quote that Sargent Friday was famous for: “we want the facts ma’am, just the ...
  • Our holy innocence December 27, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents. Sometimes referred to as “Childermas”, the feast celebrates what were believed to be the deaths of the first Christian martyrs. The actual number of these little martyrs is much debated. In the Syrian Christian litany of Saints, the number is as high as 64,000. In the byzantine ...
  • Yahweh is gracious December 23, 2021Ed Schmidt
    If you are anything like me, you know the origins and the meaning of you name. Out of academic interest more than anything else, not that I was ever going to change my name, but I wanted to know where it came from. The name Edwin comes from the old English elements “ead” meaning blessed ...
  • Our Visitation December 21, 2021Ed Schmidt
    For more than 700 years we have had the rosary as a wonderful example of prayerful reflections focusing on the Incarnation, Passion and triumph of Jesus. As tradition has it, St. Dominic was visited by the Mother Mary, outside of Provence France, who told him to add 15 lessons, the mysteries, to the tradition of ...
  • Advent Journeys December 18, 2021Ed Schmidt
    When I was little, we used to spend most of our summers visiting my mother’s family in South Texas. We lived outside Washington DC and right after school let out, we would pack all of our stuff into the family station wagon and drive the 1,700 miles to the Rio Grande Valley. My mother comes ...
  • He loves us, He really, really loves us December 16, 2021Ed Schmidt
    When you begin to study the bible, you find that not only are the 4 gospels written in slightly different styles, but they are also written to slightly different audiences. Matthew was written to the Jewish converts to Christianity. While Mark was written to the non-Jews that were embracing the teachings of Jesus. You can ...
  • Actions speak Louder December 13, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Who of us, having had to deal with children, has not heard today’s gospel in real life? Just name the situation, clean up your room, go finish your homework, stop hitting your sister. And how many times is the first response, “I will not”? This seems to be the universal experience from parents to teachers ...
  • Questions for the Holidays December 12, 2021Ed Schmidt
    In 1955, the very popular TV show the Honeymooners had an episode that was titled “twas the night before Christmas”. The show opens on the night before Christmas with Ralph and Alice hiding their presents for each other in their small apartment. As the evening progresses people come and go dropping off gifts and exchanging ...
  • Prepare ye the way of the Lord December 9, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Growing up, I was fortunate to live in a neighborhood that had a lot of boys my own age. There were eight of us that were all about the same age. We seemed to do everything together, especially in the summer. Where we lived was not far from a county park and a large lake. ...
  • Mary, did you know … December 5, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Yesterday morning, Carmen sent out her regular bulletin email bast and included a one-page document on the origins and traditions of the First Saturday Devotion. The practice of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the First Saturday was initiated in Rovigo, Italy, by Mary Inglese, a Servite tertiary in 1889. She started among ...
  • Gingerbread Foundations December 1, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Last week we went to North Carolina for thanksgiving. Our daughter lives there with our two grandchildren and it was decided that we would all go there this year. Our son in law is deployed to Turkey this year so she is a single parent for the next few months and we though that it ...
  • Our Perfect Life Saver November 30, 2021Ed Schmidt
    This morning’s gospel reading is Matthew’s account of the calling of apostles James, John, Andrew and Peter. As we expect from Mathew, it is short and to the point. Jesus says come and they drop what they are doing and follow Him. In the version from the Gospel of St. Luke the story is a ...
  • … a lot like Advent” November 18, 2021Ed Schmidt
    This evening we start our bible study on the season of advent. Tonight’s subject will be the prophesies that foretold the coming of the savior. I have not given anything away by sharing this information, but if you come tonight, you can look surprised when I introduce the topic. As I was researching the subject, ...
  • Zacchaeus and the Sycamore tree November 16, 2021Ed Schmidt
    When I was very young the story of Zacchaeus fascinated me. In school we sang a song about him. It went something like this; Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he. He climbed up a sycamore tree for the lord he wanted to see. And as the savior passed that ...
  • The Temples of God November 9, 2021Ed Schmidt
    46 years to build one project? And I thought that it took a long time to get something built here in Crested Butte. Imagine the contractors’ fees on that project. The temple of Jerusalem, that the individuals referred to in the Gospel, was constructed by Herod. It was started in 20 BC and finished right ...
  • Listening with our Hearts November 6, 2021Ed Schmidt
    It is a little hard for me to admit this to you, but my wife and I have trouble listening to each other. Listening is not the right word, maybe it is just that we don’t always hear each other. It is not that we don’t get along or don’t agree on most things, after ...
  • Psalm 135 November 6, 2021Ed Schmidt
    When I was in high school, I was fascinated by the stories of ancient mythology. The stories of gods and goddesses were romantic and epic. They seemed to elevate the human attributes to superlative natures. The human characteristics of beauty, strength, speed and agility were all personified into the identities of a deity. Human desires ...
  • A Lost Necklace November 3, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Quite a few years ago Mary and I were renovating an old house that we had bought. It seems as though we are always renovating some old house that we had bought. This one was very tiny, the upstairs / attic had dividers made of bed sheets when we bought it partitioning off two “bedrooms”. ...
  • Previews of the Kingdom November 1, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • The Scribe’s Question October 31, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • Saints Simon & Jude October 28, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • Pinched Nerve October 27, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • Seeing in the Dark October 27, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • The Screwtape Letters October 21, 2021Ed Schmidt
    There is a great book, written by a very interesting author, called the Screwtape letters. You may have read it, or heard me mention it, the book was written right after the second world war by CS Lewis. He was also the author of the Chronicles of Narnia series, one of the most overtly Christian ...