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

The definitive Catholic Bible in a year podcast, brought to you by Ascension

About the show

In The Bible in a Year podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way.

Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year podcast follows a reading plan inspired by The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, a ground-breaking approach to understanding salvation history developed by renowned Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins. For each period in the timeline, Jeff will join Fr. Mike for a special episode that will help you understand the context of each reading.

With this podcast, you won’t just read the Bible in a year … you’ll finally understand how all the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell an amazing story that continues in your life today!

Listen and…

  1. Read the ENTIRE Bible
  2. Feel more confident about your understanding of Scripture
  3. Experience the transformative power of God’s Word in your daily life
  4. Start seeing the world through the lens of Scripture

Each 20-25 minute episode includes:

Two to three scripture readings
A reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz
A guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word

The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

Episodes

  • Day 55: Obedience to God (2021)

    February 24th, 2021  |  24 mins 58 secs
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    Fr. Mike underscores the importance of obeying God as he reads from Numbers 4 and Deuteronomy 4. We also read Psalm 88 and learn how it foreshadows the darkness Christ endured on the cross.

  • Day 54: The Tribe of Levi (2021)

    February 23rd, 2021  |  20 mins 34 secs
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    Fr. Mike clarifies the relationship between the Tribe of Levi and the priesthood and talks about what it means to be held to a higher standard as a leader in your community. Numbers 3, Deuteronomy 3, and Psalm 87.

  • Day 53: The Twelve Tribes of Israel (2021)

    February 22nd, 2021  |  23 mins 13 secs
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    Fr. Mike talks about the twelve tribes of Israel and explains why the book of Numbers introduces them based on the number of decedents they each had. Today we read Numbers 2, Deuteronomy 2, and Psalm 85.

  • Day 52: Israel Continues to Journey (2021)

    February 21st, 2021  |  26 mins 29 secs
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    Fr. Mike kicks off our reading of the book of Numbers by explaining where Israel is at in their journey with the Lord, and how they are keeping him at the center of it all (literally). Today we read from Numbers 1, Deuteronomy 1, and Psalm 84.

  • Introduction to Desert Wanderings (with Jeff Cavins) - 2021

    February 21st, 2021  |  31 mins 14 secs
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    Congratulations, you've completed the Egypt & Exodus period and you've arrived at the Desert Wanderings ! Jeff Cavins joins Fr. Mike to provide us the context for the book of Numbers and the book of Deuteronomy. They discuss how this period is marked by Israel's rebellion against God as they wander in the desert for forty years striving to regain their narrative and identity.

  • Day 51: Israel's Worship of God (2021)

    February 20th, 2021  |  28 mins 12 secs
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    As we finish our reading of Exodus, Fr. Mike recaps the events of Israel and how God shaped his people in worship. Today's readings are Exodus 39-40, Leviticus 27, and Psalm 83.

  • Day 50: Sacrificial Offerings (2021)

    February 19th, 2021  |  27 mins 25 secs
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    Fr. Mike encourages us to look at how we can increase our generosity to God and neighbor, inspired by the sacrificial offerings of Israel. Our readings for today are Exodus 37-38, Leviticus 26, and Psalm 82.

  • Day 49: The Year of Jubilee (2021)

    February 18th, 2021  |  31 mins 13 secs
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    Fr. Mike explains why God repeats some of his instructions for worship and lays out the significance of the year of jubilee. The readings are Exodus 35-36, Leviticus 25, and Psalm 81. For the complete reading plan visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear.

  • Day 48: God's Presence (2021)

    February 17th, 2021  |  24 mins 54 secs
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    Fr. Mike reflects on God's presence to his people, and how that makes his chosen people distinct. Today's readings are Exodus 33-34, Leviticus 24, and Psalm 80.

  • Day 47: The Golden Calf (2021)

    February 16th, 2021  |  23 mins 47 secs
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    In today's reading from Exodus 32, Fr. Mike shows us how when we become uncertain, we immediately try to take control of the situation, and build up idols in our hearts. We also read Leviticus 23 and Psalm 79. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear.

  • Day 46: Set Apart for God (2021)

    February 15th, 2021  |  25 mins 4 secs
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    Fr. Mike points out how blessing something sets it apart for the purposes of God, and it is no longer meant for ordinary uses. So when we are filled with the spirit of God, our daily task becomes extraordinary, because it is consecrated to God. Today's readings are Exodus 30-31, Leviticus 22, and Psalm 115.

  • Day 45: Pray for Priests (2021)

    February 14th, 2021  |  22 mins 45 secs
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    As we read Exodus 29, Leviticus 21, and Psalm 119:121-176, Fr. Mike points out how God calls broken and imperfect men to his holy priesthood, and asks each of us to say a special prayer for priests today. For the complete reading plan, text visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear.

  • Day 44: Priestly Garments (2021)

    February 13th, 2021  |  27 mins 45 secs
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    Fr. Mike explains how the holy garments for priests described in Exodus 27-28, are intentionally designed to glorify God and highlight his beauty. He also gives us an insight into the heart of the priesthood. We read today from Exodus 27-28, Leviticus 20, and Psalm 119: 57-120.

  • Day 43: The Ark of the Covenant (2021)

    February 12th, 2021  |  28 mins 54 secs
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    Fr. Mike provides us with a mental picture of the ark of the covenant and reminds that the small details of worship matter as we read Exodus 25-26, Leviticus 19, and Psalm 119:1-56.

  • Day 42: Moral Laws (2021)

    February 11th, 2021  |  29 mins 15 secs
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    Fr. Mike breaks down the three types of law we find in Leviticus, including moral laws regarding sexuality. Today's readings are Exodus 24, Leviticus 17-18, and Psalm 78.

  • Day 41: The Day of Atonement (2021)

    February 10th, 2021  |  23 mins 40 secs
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    Fr. Mike reveals the parallels between the day of atonement and the sacrifice of the mass. We learn how the rituals and practices of the old testament foreshadow the practices of the Catholic faith. Today's readings are Exodus 23, Leviticus 16, and Psalm 77.