Sunday Homilies with Fr. Mike Schmitz

Homilies preached by Fr. Mike Schmitz, Chaplain for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Newman Catholic Campus Ministry and host of The Bible in a Year.

About the show

Every week, Catholic priest Fr. Mike Schmitz delivers powerful homilies based on the Sunday Mass Scripture readings, inviting you to live more fully as the person God created you to be. Engaging and motivating, these 20-30 minute homilies will help ground your faith, fortify your heart, and transform your life. Fr. Mike Schmitz preaches from Duluth Minnesota, where he serves as the Newman chaplain for University Minnesota Duluth’s Bulldog Catholic campus ministry.

Episodes

  • 2/5/23 Homeless: Different

    February 4th, 2023  |  26 mins 19 secs
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    Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Do what you would do even if no one is watching. So many of us have a fear of being different. We would prefer to be like everyone else. But we cannot afford to be the same as everyone else. Not because we are better, but because the world needs what Christians have: Jesus Christ.

  • 1/29/23 Homeless: Perspective

    January 28th, 2023  |  25 mins 33 secs
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    Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Do not wait to live. God is using this here and now. There is real suffering. There is real good and evil. But sometimes, the difference between something that is worthless and something that is worthwhile is a matter of perspective. God can use even our flaws...in fact, he will use everything if we let him.

  • 1/22/23 Homeless: Resolution

    January 21st, 2023  |  24 mins 43 secs
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    Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our identity is at the heart of our resolution. One of the greatest things that is lost while in exile is a true sense of identity. Too quickly, we forget who we are and settle for something too small to be enough. But if we keep identity at the heart of our resolutions, we will be able to live homeless and Holy.

  • 1/15/23 Homeless: Homeless But Holy

    January 14th, 2023  |  19 mins 34 secs
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    Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. What is the difference between a "good person" and a "saint"? "A good society is one that makes it easy to be good." But what if you don't live in a good society? Is "being good" the only goal? Is it possible to be more than good...to be holy...even when you are living in exile?

  • 1/8/23 Here to Give

    January 7th, 2023  |  17 mins 1 sec
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    Homily from the Mass of the Epiphany of the Lord. The best thing we can do. While we are certainly human "beings", we are also meant to "do". The most important thing we can do is LOVE. And the most important One we can love is God. We love God in a number of ways, the principle of which is through worship.

  • 1/1/23 Hold, Reflect, and Remember

    December 31st, 2022  |  19 mins 46 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Mary, the Mother of God is the model for how to live well. Mary is the Mother of God because the baby in her womb was the Second Person of the Trinity. She also shows us how to leave last year in the past and step into the New Year wisely.

  • 12/25/22 Closer Than You Think: Small Enough to Ignore

    December 24th, 2022  |  21 mins 4 secs
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    Homily from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Mass). At Christmas, in our lives, and in the Mass...God becomes small enough to ignore. God is closer than we think. But the ways that He draws close to us is that He comes so close that we can miss Him and He becomes so small that we can ignore Him.

  • 12/18/22 Closer Than You Think: When He Reveals Himself

    December 17th, 2022  |  15 mins 32 secs
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    Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent. What is our response when God does reveal Himself? Mary is the Mother of God because the baby in her womb was the Second Person of the Trinity. She also shows us how to leave last year in the past and step into the New Year wisely.

  • 12/11/22 Closer Than You Think: Be Patient

    December 10th, 2022  |  24 mins 52 secs
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    Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent. Be patient with the Lord, the process, and yourself. We often find it difficult to wait for things to come to us. During this season of Advent, we can also struggle with the feeling that "nothing is happening". During this time, we need to be reminded that God is closer than we think; He is in each moment and in each step...and remember to be patient.

  • 12/8/22 Immaculate Conception: Receptivity

    December 8th, 2022  |  13 mins 50 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God always gives what we need to accomplish His will. Mary was preserved from all stain of original sin at the moment of her conception by the merits of her Son's future life, death, and resurrection.

  • 12/4/22 Closer Than You Think: One Step

    December 3rd, 2022  |  25 mins 34 secs
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    Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent. So often, there are things that we would like to do "one day". Sometimes those dreams pass us by and we lose nothing. But other times, we must take action otherwise "one day" becomes "never". As Christians, we either Begin or we Begin Again.

  • 11/27/22 Closer Than You Think: 29 Days

    November 26th, 2022  |  24 mins 11 secs
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    Homily from the 1st Sunday of Advent. You are made for more than a secondhand relationship with God. If we are willing to beg the Lord to reveal Himself to us...everything could be different in just 29 days.

  • 11/20/22 A God You Cannot Control

    November 19th, 2022  |  22 mins 48 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

  • 11/13/22 Something Other Than God

    November 12th, 2022  |  27 mins 45 secs
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    The ending of a story reveals what kind of story it is. Regardless of how we start and how we proceed, we can choose to have a tragic story...or we can choose to have a love story. The determining factor is not the amount of sorrow or loss in our lives, but whether we choose God...or choose something other than God.

  • 11/6/22 Carry the Fire

    November 5th, 2022  |  24 mins 5 secs
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    Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

    The things one needs to die well are the same things one needs to live well.

    As we walk through life, we will all walk into darkness and sufferng and pain. We can still walk in hope, courage, and perseverance. We can be the kind of people who can carry the fire into the darkness.

    Mass Readings from November 5, 2022:
    2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
    Psalms 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
    2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5

    Luke 20:27-38

  • 11/01/22 All Saints

    November 1st, 2022  |  21 mins 58 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of All Saints. Live so that this day will one day be your feast day. The Feast of All Saints is the day when all of those who are in Heaven are remembered and we ask them to intercede for us. They are the great "cloud of witnesses" that surrounds us and cheers us on.