Sunday Homilies with Fr. Mike Schmitz

Ascension

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.

  • 20 minutes 44 seconds
    6/16/24 Always Courageous

    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.

    Mass Readings from June 16, 2024: Ezekiel 17:22-24 Psalms 92:2-3, 13--162 Corinthians 5:6-10

    Mark 4:26-34

    15 June 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 17 minutes 42 seconds
    06/09/24 Becoming Like Him

    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.

    Mass Readings from June 9, 2024: Genesis 3:9-15 Psalms 130:1-82 Corinthians 4:13—5:1

    Mark 3:20-35

    8 June 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 20 minutes 38 seconds
    06/02/24 Gift and Mystery: His Very Self

    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.

    Mass Readings from June 2, 2024: Exodus 24:3-8 Psalms 116:12-13, 15-18Hebrews 9:11-15

    Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

    1 June 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 16 minutes 45 seconds
    5/26/24 Gift and Mystery: The Spirit of Adoption

    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.

    Mass Readings from May 26, 2024: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40 Psalms 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22Romans 8:14-17

    Matthew 28:16-20

    25 May 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 13 minutes 57 seconds
    5/19/24 Gift and Mystery: Use the Gift

    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.

    Mass Readings from May 19, 2024: Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-31, 341 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13

    John 20:19-23

    18 May 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 17 minutes 41 seconds
    05/12/24 Gift and Mystery: Build Up the Body

    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.

    Mass Readings from May 12, 2024: Acts 1:1-11 Psalms 47:2-3, 6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23

    Mark 16:15-20

    11 May 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 20 minutes 17 seconds
    05/05/24 Nunc Coepi: Begin Again

    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.

    Mass Readings from May 5, 2024: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Psalms 98:1-41 John 4:7-10

    John 15:9-17

    4 May 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 23 minutes 13 seconds
    04/28/24 Nunc Coepi: Time to Start

    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".

    Mass Readings from April 28, 2024: Acts 9:26-31 Psalms 22:26-28, 30-321 John 3:18-24

    John 15:1-8

    27 April 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 24 minutes 52 seconds
    04/21/24 Nunc Coepi: Season of Discouragement

    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.

    Mass Readings from April 21, 2024: Acts 4:8-12 Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 291 John 3:1-2

    John 10:11-18

    20 April 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 30 minutes 58 seconds
    04/14/24 Nunc Coepi: Breaking Agreements

    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".

    Mass Readings from April 14, 2024: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-91 John 2:1-5a

    Luke 24:35-48

    13 April 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 30 minutes 34 seconds
    04/07/24 Justice or Mercy?

    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.

    Mass Readings from April 7, 2024: Acts 4:32-35 Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-241 John 5:1-6

    John 20:19-31

    6 April 2024, 4:45 pm
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