Sunday Homilies with Fr. Mike Schmitz

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

303 episodes of Sunday Homilies with Fr. Mike Schmitz since the first episode, which aired on October 8th, 2018.

  • 07/14/24 Borrowed Time

    July 13th, 2024  |  19 mins 59 secs
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    Homily from the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Does God have permission to say "I want it back?" We are all living on borrowed time. And borrowed gifts...and borrowed strengths... Everything we have has been loaned to us from God. At some point, God will interrupt our lives and will ask for His gifts back. He will interrupt our lives and ask for us to return all that has been entrusted to us. Will we be free enough to say "Here it is. I hope that the way I used it glorified You."?

  • 07/07/24 A Thorn in the Side

    July 6th, 2024  |  17 mins 14 secs
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    Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. God can be glorified through our wounds, not merely in spite of them. We all experience brokenness. We all experience God's love through a broken lens. And yet we do encounter them in this way.

  • 06/30/24 Raincoats and Umbrellas

    June 29th, 2024  |  15 mins 52 secs
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    Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Sacraments are God's presence and power...do we let them change us? We continually come into contact with the living God in the Sacraments. But we often leave our encounter with the Sacraments the same as when we arrived. If we are open to what God wants, we are surrendering to His will.

  • 06/23/24 True Surrender

    June 22nd, 2024  |  22 mins 23 secs
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    Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Rebellion, Resentment, or Rejoicing. We are called to surrender to God's will. But how do we surrender? Is it a matter of feeling or is it a matter of something else? Surrender is an active, dynamic thing. And it is the opposite of rebellion and resentment.

  • 06/16/24 Always Courageous

    June 15th, 2024  |  20 mins 44 secs
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    Homily from the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Courage is the willingness to do God's will on your own accord. We find ourselves in a place where we face uncertainty and difficulty. And yet, we are called to nonetheless move forward with courage. We walk by faith and not by sight. We choose to trust in God's Word more than our fears.

  • 06/09/24 Becoming Like Him

    June 8th, 2024  |  17 mins 42 secs
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    Homily from the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. God can even use a broken world to accomplish His will. What is the point of life? Is it to be happy? To get what you want? Or is the point of life to become like God? And this world is specifically designed to help you become that kind of person.

  • 06/02/24 Gift and Mystery: His Very Self

    June 1st, 2024  |  20 mins 38 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Do I not know? Or do I not care? The Eucharist is truly the Body, and Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Beyond all of God's other gifts, this gift stands alone. Because it is the gift of His very Self. And yet, too often our hearts are cold and indifferent to this Greatest of Gifts.

  • 5/26/24 Gift and Mystery: The Spirit of Adoption

    May 25th, 2024  |  16 mins 45 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. God wants to spend time with you. The Mystery of the Holy Trinity is the Mystery of God's identity. The tri-Personal God is more than an abstract concept, yet the Trinity can often remain in our minds as a vague "idea". And yet, in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God has claimed us, brought us into a new relationship with Him, and made us a new creation.

  • 5/19/24 Gift and Mystery: Use the Gift

    May 18th, 2024  |  13 mins 57 secs
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    Homily from Pentecost Sunday. The best way to thank the Giver is to use the gift. At Pentecost, the Lord poured out His Holy Spirit upon the disciples and blessed them with His gifts. Immediately, they used those gifts. These gifts were given to be used. And so are all of the gifts God continues to give.

  • 05/12/24 Gift and Mystery: Build Up the Body

    May 11th, 2024  |  17 mins 41 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of the Ascension. Who am I building up? God has given us His promise of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us and makes us holy, but the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us so that we can participate in the work of God in the world. At His Ascension, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit so that we could continue His work here on earth.

  • 05/05/24 Nunc Coepi: Begin Again

    May 4th, 2024  |  20 mins 17 secs
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    Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The strength that got you here is not the strength needed to get you there. As we continue to grow and age and mature, we also continue to experience the reality of decline. Each of us will come to know what it is to have less youthful strength. Rather than lament this fact, we can learn to adapt and choose a different strength. We can choose a new definition of what it is to "win" at life.

  • 04/28/24 Nunc Coepi: Time to Start

    April 27th, 2024  |  23 mins 13 secs
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    Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter. You got to wake up today. We don't know if we will have enough time to finish, but we do know that we have time to start. We have a tendency to delay, but the only time that we have is now; and since we got to wake up today, we have the chance to say "Now, I begin".

  • 04/21/24 Nunc Coepi: Season of Discouragement

    April 20th, 2024  |  24 mins 52 secs
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    Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Stand in the truth and do the next right thing. Life can easily overwhelm us, leaving us in a place where we feel beaten and in a season of discouragement. But choosing humility and hope...choosing to live the truth and to do the next right thing...is the key to living courageously.

  • 04/14/24 Nunc Coepi: Breaking Agreements

    April 13th, 2024  |  30 mins 58 secs
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    Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter. The first step is to stop. Once we realize that we have to repent...that we are called to "change our minds"...the first step is to stop. To examine what it is that we are thinking and to which thoughts, sins, and false images of God we have made agreements with. And then to break those agreements in order to say "Now I begin".

  • 04/07/24 Justice or Mercy?

    April 6th, 2024  |  30 mins 34 secs
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    Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday. Mercy is the love we need the most and deserve the least. We all want to get what we deserve. We want justice, and God is Just. But there are times when we need something more than justice...there are times when we might deserve justice, but need mercy.

  • 03/31/24 Necessary or Accessory

    March 30th, 2024  |  18 mins 13 secs
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    Homily from Easter Sunday. Are Jesus and the Mass merely optional...or essential? We have such full lives and such small hearts that we are relieved when things get cancelled. But, for the things that are necessary, we would be devastated if we missed them. Who Jesus is to us will determine our response when we are not able to get to Mass or receive the Eucharist.