Every week, Catholic priest Fr. Mike Schmitz delivers powerful homilies based on the Sunday Mass Scripture readings, inviting you to live more fully as the pers...
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09/17/23 Tough Love: As We Forgive
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Forgiveness is a decision. One of the most difficult commands that Jesus has called us to is that we must forgive those who have hurt us and who have hurt those we love. Loving like this is difficult. It is truly tough love that is willing to weigh up the hurt and release the offender from the debt that they owe. Mass Readings from September 17, 2023: Sirach 27:30—28:7 Psalms 103:1-4, 9-12Romans 14:7-9 Matthew 18:21-35
9/10/23 Tough Love: Only the Good Things
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Do I love enough to listen? Do I love enough to speak? In loving the people around us well, one thing we have to contend with is loving them well in our words. We avoid all unnecessary negatives, love enough to listen, and love enough to speak.Mass Readings from September 10, 2023:Ezekiel 33:7-9Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20
9/3/23 Deny Yourself
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time "No" paves the way for "yes". Jesus gives us the conditions for discipleship. We must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. But what does it really mean to deny ourself? And how can this giant "no" pave the way for an even greater "yes"?Mass Readings from September 3, 2023:Jeremiah 20:7-9Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 16:21-27
8/27/23 The Question
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time There are some questions that only you can answer. In the Gospel today, Jesus asks two questions. But there is a third unspoken question that needs to be asked and answered first: Who does Jesus say that He is? This question (and answer) will determine everything for the rest of our lives. Mass Readings from August 27, 2023:Isaiah 22:19-23Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8Romans 11:33-36 Matthew 16:13-20
8/20/23 More Knowledge or More Courage
Homily from the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Knowledge without action is useless. Too often, our problem as followers of Christ is not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of courage. In order for us to live the lives Jesus has made possible by his grace, we do not need to know more. We need to be brave enough to act on what we know.Mass Readings from August 20, 2023:Isaiah 56:1, 6-7Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28
Every week, Catholic priest Fr. Mike Schmitz delivers powerful homilies based on the Sunday Mass Scripture readings, inviting you to live more fully as the person God created you to be. Engaging and motivating, these 20-30 minute homilies will help ground your faith, fortify your heart, and transform your life. Fr. Mike Schmitz preaches from Duluth Minnesota, where he serves as the Newman chaplain for University Minnesota Duluth’s Bulldog Catholic campus ministry.