The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

309 episodes of The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) since the first episode, which aired on November 9th, 2020.

  • Day 248: Cut to the Heart

    September 5th, 2021  |  28 mins 56 secs
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    Fr. Mike points out how, like King Jehoiakim, we too can dismiss God's teachings instead of letting them cut into our hearts. The readings are Jeremiah 35-36, Judith 6-7, and Proverbs 17:1-4.

  • Day 247: True Repentance

    September 4th, 2021  |  26 mins 37 secs
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    Fr. Mike points out the difference between the insincere repentance of King Zedekiah and the people in Jerusalem, and the true repentance of the people in the Book of Judith. The readings are Jeremiah 33-34, Judith 3-5, and Proverbs 16:29-33.

  • Day 246: Rejoice in Doing Good

    September 3rd, 2021  |  27 mins 1 sec
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    In today's reading from Jeremiah, Fr. Mike points out how God rejoices in doing us good, and wants to pour out his grace and mercy upon us. As we begin reading from Judith, he explains that, while it might not be historically accurate, the story is there to convey truth. The readings are Jeremiah 32, Judith 1-2, and Proverbs 16:25-28.

  • Day 245: The Faithfulness of Daniel

    September 2nd, 2021  |  21 mins 41 secs
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    Fr. Mike takes us through the last chapter of Daniel and explains how Daniel models for us on how to live in exile and still be faithful to the Lord. We also see in Jeremiah the Lord promise a new covenant that will ultimately be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 31, Daniel 14, and Proverbs 16:21-24.

  • Day 244: Susanna's Righteousness

    September 1st, 2021  |  26 mins 35 secs
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    Fr. Mike reflects on the story of Susanna's righteousness in the book of Daniel. While celebrating Susanna's virtue, Daniel's wisdom, and God's faithfulness, Fr. Mike also warns us that, like the corrupt elders in the story, we too can allow our hearts to become perverted by the things we fix our eyes on. The readings are Jeremiah 30, Daniel 12-13, and Proverbs 16:17-20.

  • Day 243: The Lord's Plans

    August 31st, 2021  |  33 mins 8 secs
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    Fr. Mike highlights verse 11 from Jeremiah 29: "I know the plans I have for you...plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Since we know God is a good Father, we too can count on this promise, and know that God has a plan for each of us. The reading are Jeremiah 28-29, Daniel 10-11, and Proverbs 16:13-16.

  • Day 242: King Nebuchadnezzar's Role

    August 30th, 2021  |  28 mins 11 secs
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    Fr. Mike explains why God asks his people to surrender to king Nebuchadnezzar even though it seems contradicting. We learn that God can use evil circumstances to win the hearts of his people back. In Daniel, as we read about the vision of the ram and the goat, Fr. Mike reminds us that prophecy is always shrouded in mystery. Today we read Jeremiah 26-27, Daniel 8-9, and Proverbs 16:9-12.

  • Day 241: Daniel and the Den of Lions

    August 29th, 2021  |  28 mins 38 secs
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    As we read the epic story of Daniel in the den of lions, Fr. Mike points out Daniel's valor and faithfulness in the midst of his powerless. We also learn what the four beasts in Daniel's vision of the four beasts and the ancient of days represent. In our reading of Jeremiah, Fr. Mike explains the prophetic significance of the good and bad figs.

  • Day 240: Remaining Humble

    August 28th, 2021  |  26 mins 34 secs
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    Fr. Mike touches on Proverbs 16:3, which is about giving everything in our lives to the service of the Lord. He also emphasizes how important it is to humble ourselves before the Lord, so to avoid becoming like the false prophets Jeremiah talks about today. Today's readings are Jeremiah 23, Daniel 4-5, and Proverbs 16:1-4.

  • Day 239: Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah

    August 27th, 2021  |  28 mins 42 secs
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    Fr. Mike shares one of his favorite Bible verses, and guides us through the story of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah as they are thrown into the fiery furnace. He also emphasizes the significance of their Hebrew names, and how powerful name changes are in Scripture. Today's readings are Jeremiah 22, Daniel 3, and Proverbs 15:29-33.

  • Day 238: Fall of Jerusalem

    August 26th, 2021  |  29 mins 11 secs
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    Fr. Mike walks us through the fall of Jerusalem, and the intense lament of Jeremiah as he watches the people of Israel fall into captivity. He also introduces us to the Prophet Daniel, and his incredible gift of discerning dreams and proclaiming God's Word. Today's readings are Jeremiah 20-21, Daniel 1-2, and Proverbs 15:25-28.

  • Day 237: Water from the Temple

    August 25th, 2021  |  27 mins 1 sec
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    Fr. Mike guides us through the last two chapters of Ezekiel, explaining the biblical significance of the water flowing from the right side of the temple, and how it foreshadows Christ's passion. He also emphasizes the imagery of the clay and the potter in Jeremiah, signifying how our lives are meant to be open for God to mold and shape, according to his will. Today's readings are Jeremiah 18-19, Ezekiel 47-48, and Proverbs 15:21-24.

  • Day 236: Rich in Love

    August 24th, 2021  |  29 mins 16 secs
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    Fr. Mike focuses on the concept of being rich in love instead of rich in wealth today, as we read about the heart of a mother and father in our verse from Proverbs. He also emphasizes the presence of sacrificial love in the vocation of marriage and family through God's decision to keep Jeremiah single, saving him from more suffering. Today's readings are Jeremiah 16-17, Ezekiel 45-46, and Proverbs 15:17-20.

  • Day 235: Lying Prophets

    August 23rd, 2021  |  26 mins 56 secs
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    Fr. Mike focuses on the prophet Jeremiah’s continued sorrow and explains how lying prophets bring forth destruction. He invites us to examine what lies in our lives are bringing destruction. We also continue reading about Ezekiel’s vision, and see the glory of the Lord return to the temple. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 14-15, Ezekiel 43-44, and Proverbs 15:13-16.

  • Day 234: Jeremiah Complains

    August 22nd, 2021  |  22 mins 50 secs
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    Fr. Mike teaches us about recognizing our limitations especially when trying to compete with God. We also see how the Lord listens to Jeremiah’s complaints and responds to him in a peculiar but hopeful way. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 12-13, Ezekiel 41-42, and Proverbs 15:9-12.

  • Day 233: Correct Me, O Lord

    August 21st, 2021  |  24 mins 40 secs
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    Fr. Mike shows us from our reading of Jeremiah that when we give our hearts and minds over to idols we become foolish. The way of man is not in himself, we need the Lord to guide and correct us. In Ezekiel, we read of the vision of the measuring of the temple and Fr. Mike shows us how the early Church Fathers would read the Old Testament in light of the New Testament. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 10-11, Ezekiel 40, and Proverbs 15:5-8.