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.

  • 12/25/23 The Amateur

    December 24th, 2023  |  18 mins
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    Homily from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas). The reality is that God is not a professional. He is an amateur. There are many things in life where we merely like the "idea" of that thing. The reality is another story, because the reality makes demands on us. Christmas is a reminder that we not only cannot love the "idea" of God, but that He does not merely love the idea of us.

  • 12/24/23 Main Character: No Small Parts

    December 23rd, 2023  |  14 mins 38 secs
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    Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Whatever You ask of me, the answer is yes. One of the more challenging reminders of this series is that God is the point of all of this. He is not only the Main Character, but this is also His Story. Nonetheless, we have been given a role; we have been created and redeemed in order to play our part.

  • 12/17/23 Main Character: Don't Wait

    December 16th, 2023  |  21 mins 2 secs
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    Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent. We won't be able to rejoice, pray, or give thanks always unless we rejoice, pray, and give thanks now. Main Character syndrome can lead us to believe that we are in control. But there are many circumstances that are out of our control. We can often only control how we respond to our circumstances. As Christians, we choose to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances.

  • 12/10/23 Main Character: Perfect

    December 9th, 2023  |  25 mins 45 secs
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    Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent. Perfectionism can move us from caring to quitting. Spiritual perfectionism can lead people who care about the Faith and who love God to a place of harshness and hurry so much that they just want to give up. But the Gospel reminds us that God is gentle and patient.

  • 12/8/23 The New Eve

    December 8th, 2023  |  14 mins 4 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary was preserved from sin by the merits of her Son's life, death, and resurrection. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a testament to God's goodness. He gives what we need for the mission to which we have been called. And He calls all of us to enter into deeper relationship with the Family of God by cultivating a relationship with Mary, the Mother of God.

  • 12/3/23 Main Character: An Average Star

    December 2nd, 2023  |  24 mins 58 secs
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    Homily from the First Sunday of Advent. You are God. I am not. When we encounter the true and living God, there is only one response...it involves six little words, but makes a world of difference.

  • 11/26/23 Based On a True Story: Unwritten

    November 25th, 2023  |  29 mins 40 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Your part of the story (Act IV) remains unwritten. Jesus has bridged the unbridgable gap between God and humanity. We can believe that and remain unchanged. But if we are willing to respond, we can write the final act of the story. We can place ourselves under the Lordship of Christ and live an entirely new life.

  • 11/19/23 Based On a True Story: Otherwise

    November 18th, 2023  |  29 mins 22 secs
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    Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. It could have been otherwise. We have been created good by the good God. But we have been captured by sin, death, and slavery. In Jesus, God has rescued us and transferred us into His Kingdom…His family.

  • 11/12/23 Based On a True Story: Kakangelion

    November 11th, 2023  |  29 mins 57 secs
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    Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. There's good news and there's bad news. We have heard the first part (Act One) of the Good News. But before we can move forward, we need to be aware of and understand why things are so broken. Before anything else, we need the bad news.

  • 11/5/23 Based On a True Story: The Gospel of God

    November 4th, 2023  |  33 mins 39 secs
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    Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • 11/1/23 "All of the Saints"

    November 1st, 2023  |  15 mins 59 secs
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    Homily from the Solemnity of All Saints. One day, this day could be your feast day. The Feast of All Saints is offered to us as a day to praise God for all of the unnamed and unknown saints who have run the race well and have entered into the glorious and unadulterated Presence of the true and living God.

  • 10/29/23 Lost: Love Is the Way

    October 28th, 2023  |  25 mins 59 secs
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    Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. You are called to be love. When a person is lost, they need to know where they are. We know: you are here. But we also need to know where we are going and how to get there. We know that as well: we are called to be saints and the way is love.

  • 10/22/23 Lost: Every Step

    October 21st, 2023  |  23 mins 26 secs
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    Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Between the Promise and the Promised Land. When a person is lost, it can feel like every step is taking them further and further away from where they need to be. But with Christ, we trust in the promise that we are not lost, but led...and that every step is taking us closer to where and who we need to be.

  • 10/15/23 Lost: You Are Here

    October 14th, 2023  |  16 mins 48 secs
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    Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. This is life. We need to understand that life is not waiting for us to start. This is life. This is your life. You are here. But we do have to ask the questions: should I be here? And is what God wants for me enough for me?

  • 10/8/23 Lost: Have No Anxiety At All

    October 7th, 2023  |  20 mins 29 secs
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    Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. What if? Or What is? Not knowing where we are, where we are going, or how to get there can be incredibly daunting. It can bring us to a place of worry and anxiety. We can be tempted to avoid the uncertainty and discomfort of the journey. By focusing on God's presence and blessings, we can have the courage to move.

  • 10/1/23 Tough Love: Because He Asked Me To

    September 30th, 2023  |  22 mins 44 secs
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    Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The freedom to love when you no longer feel like it. The precondition for love is freedom. Both the freedom to say no and the freedom to say yes, regardless of passing moods or circumstances. Tough love is willing to choose the good because God asked us to and because we said we would.