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Dec 21, 2020

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Fr. Mike Schmitz

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  • This plan, “Read the Bible in a Year” is such an exciting part of my life already! I have read through every page and listened to all the introductions and thank you for this journey ahead! God is using you (Father, Jeff, and those who contributed) to build us up for His glory. This is a holy effort!

  • In 2020, I read the entire Bible for the first time using a daily reading plan. I am 65 years old and I am excited to take the next step and get some perspective on how it all ties together. I did take one of Sonja Corbitt’s courses on the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, so this deep look at Scripture will teach me even more about this relationship. I look forward to it.

  • Ready to listen! Thank you Father and Jeff Cavins for your dedication. I have been gearing up staff and students for this for months

  • What a great way to begin a new year. So excited to be doing this program with two different
    Groups. Thank you Fr Mike and Jeff Cavins

  • Day 1: In the Beginning was a beautiful presentation of my oft-read Bible beginnings – and I really thought I would be a bit bored, with the readings anyway… I WAS SO SURPRISED!!! It was great to both HEAR it, and explore it as Fr Mike went on… 🙂

  • Father, it would be nice to have a printable of the 5 Tips for reading the Bible in order to reference it as we go along.

  • Fr. Schmitz, your readings and explanation are excellent. Please start each podcast with a short prayer. Thanks.

  • I’ve done this Bible study through a church twice. It truly will set you on fire in your faith and each time you do it you will learn something new. Can’t wait to experience this with Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is so wonderful that we can participate in this way. Thank you so much for offering this Bible study!

  • This is amazing! Thank you so much, Ascension Presents, Jeff Cavins, and Fr. Mike, for providing a new tool to learn and understand our faith, and to evangelize!

  • How is it that a good and perfect God wound up creating a world that would turn out to be imperfect (fallen)? I say God created because God’s omniscience would have told Him that things were not going to work out to be good/perfect as He had intended. Why did God not backup (so to speak) and in fact simply create a perfect world. Further, why did God at least not even warn Adam and Eve that there was evil (Satan) present in the world and that their obedience would be tested? It seems that this looks like/makes God complicit in the fall.

  • Thank you Fr Mike for this! My family needs this! God bless you for your vision on this! This is a good tool for an evening family devotional after dinner. I was searching for something like this. Thx again!

  • Creation is so good! Thanks for your time and dedication to this podcast. Cannot wait for the salvation plan to unfold in my life! Praying for you Fr. Mike, Jeff Cavins, and Ascension Presents!!

  • Thank you for this… It is exactly what I didn’t know I needed. Thank you for bringing an excitement in me that I didn’t know existed.

  • Blessed New Year ! So inspiring, feel the Holy Spirit is with me during the study, never had this experience before. Thank you. Amen

  • I’m so happy I signed up for this podcast. Two days in and I’m loving it. I found Father Mike’s podcasts earlier this year and he has deepened what I thought was already a pretty strong faith. May I ask a question from today’s reading? What is the meaning of Genesis 3: 22-24? Thanks again so much and Happy New Year!

  • Can Podcasts be posted earlier so we can do before work? Great way to start your Day! Thank you for your wonderful work!

  • Wow! So Impressed with this Bible in a year! Just what I need and explained by Father Mike so Wonderfully! Thank you so much for doing this!❤️

  • Fr. Mike’s excitable and breezy voice adds a dimension to Jeff Cavin’s Adventure bible. I purchased this in 2017. Although I watched the videos and read the Bible. I now picked up the Ascension bible. It took a full 12 days to get to my residence. I received in on 29th Dec. There was the hand of God, the evil one and the Covid disease testing me. This is fantastic combination: Jeff, Fr Mike and the internet… Try it and please contribute to Ascension Press.

  • Happy New Year. This is awesome. Thank you. You have shed new light for me in understanding the book of Genesis.

  • Awesome! How long did it take you to put this all together? I love listening and then hearing Fr. Mike’s thoughts. I then go back and reread parts that I need to understand better or that I maybe didn’t listen to as I should have. I just have to keep it going!

  • I hear God’s voice as that of a parent. Knowing the answer, but asking the child the question anyways. Hurt there.

  • Thank you Father Mike for doing this and for your reflections on the readings. Hearing the idea that God was not angry when he asked Adam “Who told you that you were naked?” but was heartbroken has changed the book of Genesis for me.

  • I just finished listening to day two of the Bible in a Year. I completed The Bible Timeline with Jeff Cavins several years ago and was very eager to follow Fr. Mike with the Bible in a year. I have enjoyed the first two episodes. Looking forward to the year with Fr. Mike.

  • Fr Mike, you have compounded what i have heard – not “learned” or “known” – over the past several years of listening to Jeff Cavins’ studies; Jeff Cavins i (this is me, responding personally) have placed ever so slightly above Dr Hahn, with his drive to educate “us” with his definitions, explanations, in easier to grasp language than Dr Hahn (who had apparently grabbed my attention some years back – i don’t know for sure, ’cause my first stroke was March 2010, and i cannot remeber anything before then… but i have scads of Dr Hahn’s books!!!)

    you have moved to a slightly higher spot than Jeff Cavins! that is impossible, i would have said last week!

    🙂

  • Day 2 🙏🏻✝️📖
    So happy to be on this journey!!
    Thank you for organizing this “Bible in a Year” timeline and pod cast.
    I love hearing the word of the Lord .. even if only for a peaceful, quite break from my daily Mom Life. 😄
    Praise be to God.

  • this is TRULY God’s divine intervention for me!! it is an answer to my prayers! not the best “catechized” youth, i let my faith become lukewarm and had no answers to give to questions asked about my faith….as an adult, His love and mercy appeared more and more, and my whole self has been on fire to come back fully to holy mother church! i love my catholic faith, and i want to know and live and grow in it each day! i am super happy and so excited to have started this bible journey. so much understanding and connection between old and new testament is RIGHT THERE to see!! may God bless you fr. schmitz and mr. cavins!!!! you will help soooooo many of us to come back with such a joyful renewal in our belief and love of our faith!

  • This a wonderful new years resolution. I my made a commitment to myself to follow and learn the Bible everyday with Fr. Mike. Day 1 and day 2 have been great learnings and I will share this invitation with my family and friends. This pandemic has given me the time and the silence to finally read the whole Bible with Fr. Mike. Thank you for making this available to those who are thirsting for God!

  • Fr. Schmitz, you stated in your analysis of the Genesis reading, that God didn’t want Adam & Eve to eat of the Tree of Life so that they would not live forever in the now fallen and sinful world. That statement seems to imply that God intended that they would one day be with Him in Heaven (obviously way before Jesus time and His saving sacrifice on the Cross). This makes me ask, if God is going to forgive Adam & Eve, who caused the collapse of His perfect world, can any of us today actually commit a sin greater than Adam & Eve committed? Would God, therefore, not simply save everyone? How could Adam & Eve possibly be in Heaven and anyone else excluded?

  • Thank you Fr. Mike, you opened my eyes and heart to fully understand the details of Genesis 3 and 4 in relation to the present time. God is the centre of our lives, giving example when you explained the relationship of Cain and Abel’s offering to him, so profound. Amen. God bless you Fr. Mike.

  • I am loving this so much!! Thank you for this guided tour and covering the Bible in such rich depth. I have read much of the Bible, but never the whole thing. I am really looking for to this year now, and I am recommending this to everyone I know—both people who I know want a deeper relationship with God, and those who I know will bite when they get these first “tastes”.

  • I really like reading the Bible with Father Mike and have a couple of questions. Two of my friends are listening to the Bible podcast as well. We plan to meet once a month to discuss what we have read and listened to on the podcasts. Are there any questions we could use for group discussion? Also, How can I email Father Mike regarding the podcasts? Thank you.

  • Excellent I am so glad to have Fr Mike take me through the Bible I have been wanting to this for years

  • East to follow yet theologically rich! Father Mike’s conversational nature makes these short podcasts a pleasure to follow. Thank you!

  • Easy to follow yet theologically rich. Father Mike’s conversational nature makes these podcasts a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for making the Scriptures accessible to all of us!

  • Like this very much. A good commentary so far, not complicated. Not in depth, but enough for a person reading for the first time.

  • Thank you for doing this. It has already helped me so much. But I do have a question. When the Bible tells of the others that were taken as a spouse, where did they come from if Adam and Eve were our first parents?

  • Thank you Fr. Mike!
    My name is Rita Matheka-Njenga from Nairobi, Kenya.
    I have really enjoyed the first 3 days’ Podcasts of ‘The Bible in a Year’. I am already learning so much.
    I plan to do this for the rest of the year.
    May God Bless You in a special way

  • Thank you for this series. I am looking forward to the messages. They are enlightening and inspiring. In only three days I have a much better understanding of the first chapters of Genesis. Father Mike provides great insights.

  • WOW!!! I have found what I have been searching for for so long!!! THANK YOU Father Mike!!! I am signed up and ready to read the Bible with you and to learn as much as I can! May God bless you and your loved ones with good health, happiness, and holiness! I am looking forward to the Bible in a Year!

  • So far I am finding it very interesting, and enjoying the explanation. I have taken “The Bible Time-Line”, by Jeff Session, a few years ago. However i am enjoying Father mike Shmitz explanation of the readings. I am sending links to at least about 33 of my friends to watch this podcast. One more important comment, is that it is not too long, easy to listen each day.

  • The structural framework Jeff Cavins gave us when he created the Bible Timeline is such a gift. Combined with the insightful comments of Father Schmitz, this approach reveals the beauty and structure of God’s plan. I am excited to be a part of this great adventure.

  • At 16:17 the word ‘light’ means conscious light/spiritual light/Divine Light/’all’ light….more than just or only physical light.

  • Can you address the theory of the nephilim being the giants who were the offspring of fallen angels (sons of God) mating with human women thereby corrupting the human dna making the humans irredeemable?

  • Its fascinating to read the Bible with Fr. Mike thank you for giving your precious time to us . There is so many hard names to be remembered but I really enjoy to be here thank you.
    I think God gets really mad with Eve and Adam because he didn’t expect to hear them accusing each other. If they apologized and defend their partners God maybe would have forgiven them.

  • Day 3 loving Father Mike Schmitz explanations of what is being read.It makes each chapter interesting and understandable.It is making me want to know more.I am thinking more of what God wants from me.

  • Are the years as discussed in day 3, genesis chapters 5 & 6, the same as the years we experience? If so, those people lived very long lives!

  • Thank you for the explanation of the Cain’s and Seth’s descendants
    which is truly a reality now we are experiencing. It solidify my faith to walk with God despite of the my brokenness. God bless you Fr. Mike.

  • The Bible in a year podcast with Father Mike is truly a blessing. So easy, so doable and just perfect. The timing of each podcast is right, the set up and delivery is right and it’s such a great thing for all Catholics. If a day is missed one can easily go and catch up. If something said needs to be listened to again one can just go back and re-listen. NO excuses not to learn more about God’s Word! Thank You to all of those involved for doing this and may God bless you all.

  • Call me stupid but I’m not understanding about Ham. Did he have sex with his mother and this is the offense or did he witness his parents engaged in the activity? It’s not clear to me . His brothers I understand but not about Ham. Could that be clarified for me?

  • Really enjoying the one year Bible. Father Schmitz is doing a good job on the commentary!!! I wish we would start out with a prayer before the reading asking the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, ears and heart to Gods word!!! Instead of after the reading. Or including the prayer before the commentary, and again at the very end after the commentary! Gods says in all things pray!!!

  • An easy listening of Scriptures by Fr. Mike. My husband had bought this Ascension second edition Bible last year and now we eagerly get to start it again from the beginning and looking forward to it each day loving it. Thank you for offering these wonderful podcasts! 🥰

  • This is an amazing site and one I have been looking for for a long time. When the pandemic started and I had a lot of free time, I decided to read the Bible daily. I have been reading My Daily Catholic Bible on my Kindle. After the daily readings, I was uncleared of what I read and had many questions for clarification.
    Fr. Mike’s Podcast has filled in my voids. I will be listening daily and hope to have Podcasts sent to my email box.
    I feel so much better after listening to the Podcast.
    God Bless you all.

  • I have a question about something in Chapter 1 of Genesis and associated remarks in chapters 7-9. Regarding “clean” foods when the law was not yet given to man and there were no dietary laws. Chapter 1 seems to say all beasts, birds, fish and every green thing were given to Adam to husband and to eat. Fr mike’s podcast. How do I direct my question?
    Jpsodell@gmail.com

  • First, I just do not see how you get a connection incest with Ham seeing his fathers nakedness. More detail is needed here. Second, seemingly, no sooner is the flood over Noah’s family on dry ground than yet again a perfect and good God cannot seem to restart a perfect world. Ham sins almost immediately and we’re off and running into yet another fallen world scenario. It begs the question, why does God not pay attention to His omniscience and not go forward with plans He must know are not going top work the way He wants?

  • I have watched the first video and I want to catch up with Bible in a year. I just heard about it from my parish priest this morning.

  • So in depth the reading of Genesis 7-9, so grateful to Fr. Mike that I was able to understand and use all his explanations as a guide for my Catholic faith. Thank you. All my prayers that you’ll be guided and blessed abundantly Fr. Mike.

  • I want to thank Fr. Mike and Jeff Cavins for their collaboration on the Bible In A Year program. I have never read completely through the Bible, and I am 61 years old. So far I have completed the first four days of this beautiful program, and I am so very thankful that God put it strongly upon my heart this year. Fr.Mike’s enthusiasm is infectious, and he is making passages I have never understood, understandable. I am looking forward to the remainder of this program.

  • In other interpretations of Genesis 9 the bow is not an archer’s bow, it is a rainbow. Can someone expand on that?

  • Thank you for the insight to be an excellent with God but not pursuing fame, power and influence. God bless you Fr. Mike

  • The Bible in a year is absolutely THE best program Ascension has ever done. I do a lot on Ascension but this tops everything. Thanks to Ascension for sponsoring this and for Fr. Mike (and Jeff Cavins) for doing this

  • I love these podcasts and am looking forward to learning much more about the amazing story of God’s love. I am not getting the podcasts through my Apple Podcasts and am having difficulty in locating them through my email messages. I have listened up to Day 5 but cannot find Day 6. I have subscribed and have printed and saved the Bible in a Year Reading Plan. I would appreciate your help in accessing the new daily readings. Thank you in anticipation and I pray God’s blessings on you and your work. As an aside, I use many of Fr Mike Schmitz’s YouTube clips in my RCIA program; the candidates and team members love them as they provoke much discussion and thought, invariably drawing us all closer into the Divine Life of the Trinity. Many thanks and God bless you, Fr Mike.

  • I “hunger”! This program is my “food and nourishment”. I so look forward to each day. Bless you Fr. Mike 🙏

  • Why would God punish Pharaoh who did not know Sari was Abrams wife. Why was Abram not the one punished? Knowing that Satan is the provocateur of sin, why would God continue to allow him to wander the world and to taunt God into allowing him to torment innocent Job? I have never been able to understand the Book of Job. It seems like God being omnipotent could have easily done away with Satan from the very beginning and avoided all of the chaos he creates in the rest of the bible story; including the need for Jesus to die. This baffles me to this day. I suspect the/your answer will be the typical ‘it’s a mystery of faith the we are not privy to’. Further, will anyone ever answer these comments? If not, I can just stop submitting them.

  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for answering the call of God. Thank you Father Mike, Jeff and your team. Your are an true example of being to the service of God, teaching His Word and through prayer, inviting us to be servants in return.
    My husband and I have been facilitators for Bible Timeline and other Bible courses with Jeff’s teachings. Since covid, we’ve followed on fb and emails many other courses. The more we know, the less we know, but the more we get closer to God. And honestly, the harder the challenges of life seem to hit. But HOPE, FAITH, PERSEVERANCE are of the essence. May God continue to bless you all. And may Mother Mary and Joseph protect you. Amen!

  • Day 6, Jan 6, Fr. Mike you introduced as to Abram, Job, Sirai and Lot, the studies going so interesting because I was able to see my life in their lives. It strengthened my faith to trust myself to the Lord my creator and redeemer. God bless you Fr. Mike. Amen

  • thank you Fr Mike… for this awesome gift for my spiritual growth… this is the best way to understand “ the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth “… on my own… i will never ever know the interpretation of all this… i don’t even know where to start before but now … i’m soo excited to go on… and it teaches me how to really love reading and understand & relate to our “ brokenness “ i pray to GOD to bless you more… you are an instrument for saving souls…in this world of confusion and brokenness…🙏🏼

  • Thank you so much, Fr. Mike, Jeff Cavins and Ascension Press Staff! What a gift to all of us that you worked to make available this Bible in a Year podcast! As an individual, a community, a nation, the world needs to hear and share this message. God bless you!

  • Lots of ancient names, places and events that Fr. Mike clearly pronounced easily that is easy to go through with him, what a gift and blessings that the God sent you to us to guide and share your knowledge of the Holy Bible, thank you. May God continue to bless you Fr. Mike abundantly. Amen.

  • So awesome Fr. Mike, you make me to understand the significant of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael to trust the Lord of what he promise not be in control of what you would like to happen. Lord God knows that he will give the best to us on the right time. God bless you Fr. Mike. Amen.

  • This is so great to be reading along as Fr. Mike reads the Bible out loud.I am learning so much about God and his dedication to us.Thank you for this opportunity to learn and pray on God ‘s word.

  • Thank you Father Mike. I am really enjoying this. I always wanted to read the Bible from cover to cover. This makes it so easy and inspirational. Thank you again.

  • I love father mike and his podcasts….if people who have left the church; for what ever reason, could listen to his YouTube, and or podcasts I believe they would come back to church.

  • Hi, I’m loving the poscasts and Father Mike, but I am also trying to download the Great Adventure Bible that Fa. Mike talks about. I don’t see it here. Thanks!

  • So complicated at the reading but Fr. Mike makes it easier to grasp with his reflections of the life and times of Abraham, Sarah, Lot and his wife, daughters. Also with Job and the proverbs thank you for making the study interesting and fun. God bless you Fr. Mike and all my prayers.

  • Dear Fr Mike, We were SO thrilled when our first born, a healthy daughter, was born in 1975. Then, 10 days later we discovered she had a VERY rare, always fatal condition, which through God’s mercy and grace she miraculously survived. But she had a massive stroke which left her with Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and legally blind. We know that “by all that’s known medically” she should not have survived, or if she survived the most we could have expected is that she’d be a total vegetable. She’s 45 years old, getting ready to move into her own apartment. She has most of the Bible memorized and loves the Lord with all her heart. Our second daughter was born in 1978. She was born with hydrocephalus, water on the brain. Just before the surgery to implant a shunt, the Lord miraculously and totally healed her. Well meaning Christians have told us many times, if we could figure out the “hidden sin” in our lives, our daughters would not have suffered. (I have such a struggle with the OBVIOUS sin in my life, I felt like a child abuser by not uncovering the “hidden sin” in my life.) Then I discovered the Gospel of John 9: 1-3 (Who sinned that this man was born blind? Him or his parents? Neither. This man was born blind so that the Glory of the Lord might be displayed in him.) God’s mercy and grace shines through BOTH my daughter’s lives. Both are strong in the Lord and in sharing His love daily. So I thank God for all the times we sat in the hospital wondering why. I thank God for allowing my feeble faith to be forced to rely on Him. No one else gave us hope. No one else thought any of this possible. Thank you Father Mike for this Bible study. I reminds me of what He has done and is doing in my life. Prayers ascending for you as we go on this adventure. (Sorry it’s so long.) Barb

  • Dear Father Mike,
    Thank you so much for doing this. I wanted to comment on something on the time line that I was hoping would be brought up in the commentary is the where through the covenants it starts with the Holy Couple, then the Holy Family, and expands to the Holy Kingdom. We worked through this Salvation History by building these Covenant Circles so children could get a visual of how faith grows and expands with Adam and Eve to the world. Perhaps it comes later, but I found it so helpful when teaching.
    God bless

  • Am enjoying the pod cast – have got caught up to date! Can do daily starting tomorrow. Thanks for the readings and explanations. Excellent insights.

  • Thank you so much. I got my niece and my sister who never really read the Bible before interested in it. We are all very excited

  • As always very thankful that this bible study with Fr. Mike, informative, see the falls of Abraham, Sarah but God is there to protect and fulfill his promise to them. Even Hagar and Ishmael God didn’t abandon them. He is truly the God of all creation. Amen. Bless you Fr. Mike.

  • Thank you Ascension press and Father Mike for the bible-in-a-year podcast. I am enjoying this study each morning. I have tried before, unsuccessfully, to read the Bible. Father Mike’s explanations after the readings make the world of difference in understanding the Word. Bless you to EVERYONE involved in this project.

  • Enjoying immensely! Love the analysis afterwards as well as Jeff’s period info. Just the right time to read listen and absorb. The schedule is great for returning to reread. Thank you all!

  • Fr. Mike reads Scripture so well that I am hanging on to every word. I look forward to listening to the “Bible in a Year” podcast each day. His comments about the readings are very insightful. Jeff Cavins “Journey Through the Bible” made me love reading the Salvation History and I am so happy to have this podcast to lead me through reading the entire Bible in a year. Thank you Fr. Mike, Jeff Cavins and Ascension Press!

  • So something just occurred to me. Did Cain’s descendants did in the flood? I’m thought that’s where the Canaanites descended from.

  • There have been many wonderful insights shared in your follow-on comments. Clearly from your years of education and training. How is the average Christian to be able to interpret the Bible and gain these insights when we come nowhere near your years of education and training?

  • Able to grasp the significant of this reading Genesis 20-21, thank you Fr. Mike, so reflective and in depth that the Lord will provide and it did happened to Jesus Christ his only son to save us all. Offer all my prayers to the Lord that you will be guided and bless for all the spiritual knowledge you share to us (your congregations of faith). Thank you. Amen

  • “Attitude and life shape by the scriptures” praise the Lord for all his graces and blessings. As always, thank you Fr. Mike for sharing your reflections with the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah and Job questioning the Lord. God bless you and all the bible followers you have in this podcast. Amen

  • As usual, Fr Mike analyzed and presented this reading in a realistic application of our present lives, so blessed we have this podcast with him. God bless and guide him with our journey with this bible study. Amen

  • Lesson learned from this Genesis 25-26 love each other unconditionally because our Father loves us the same. Thank you Fr. Mike, for a crystal clear of your explanation in today’s reading and surely a realistic way of approaching life being a Catholic, bless you, the Ascension for giving you as part of us in the podcast and all your followers in our God the father. Amen God bless

  • Thank You Father Mike for this program. You explain the readings so well. It is hard for me to get the whole meaning of many scripture readings. You make it easy. I look forward each day to your readings. This is an awesome way to read the Bible and am so glad you are doing it! Again Thank you so much for all the time and effort on your part to make this happen!!

  • Phenomenal Genesis 29 -30 teaches us that God is always there to love us despite of our brokenness. Job honesty will guide us to trust God in times of our lowest moment in our lives. Thank you Fr. Mike, God bless you and all community of faith in your podcast. Amen

  • Thank you, Father Schmitz. I have never heard such a profound and moving explication of the sacrifice of Isaac and the theme of trusting absolutely in God. I am profoundly grateful for your ministry. Please hold my friend Bonnie in your prayers. She fears a return of her cancer and has not gone to the doctor because of her fear of Covid 19.

  • So enjoying Bible In a Year! Thank you so much, Father Mike and Ascension Press! Struggling with Job right now, and it’s hard to understand the lingo, but it’s all good! 😊

  • Job his is a righteous man but God tested him how far he can sustain his faith to him. Man proposes but God disposes, thank you Fr. Mike for bringing this bible study realistic in the 21st century wherein your community of faith truly increase their faith to the Lord Father Almighty. God bless you and all of us. Amen

  • I find that I really dislike the concept of God having a “perfect” and in particular a “permissive” will. It seems to me like Catholic semantic gobly gook. God is sovereign over all things, God is omnipotent and omniscient. In our world someone with such power would be thought to be complicit in any wrong doing that they knew would occur and they had the power to prevent. Why don’t we just separate the “permissive” from His “will” and simply acknowledge that whatever happens is in fact what God willed to happen?

  • Fr. Mike,
    Just a a note to express my appreciation to especially you and also Ascension Press for caring enough to make this daily bible study possible. This is my third reading of the bible. The first similar to this one, and the second, I just read the bible from beginning to end on my own, which I thought was awesome.
    I thoroughly enjoy your commentary each day.

  • Thank you Father Mike for the beautiful reading and reflection. I am looking forward to your podcast everyday. May God bless you abundantly 🙏

  • Genesis 33,34, despite of what Jacob did to Esau, he still forgive his brother and accepted the gifts from him, so inspiring to listen to Fr. Mike reflections, able to learn how to forgive and civil with each other. Trust everything to the Lord that will bless us all especially Fr. Mike. Amen.

  • Thank you Fr. Mike for your re- assuring that God is faithful and steadfast in this reading, Genesis 33 and 34, so many descendants but you make this lesson easy to comprehend. God bless you and all the community of faith of your podcast. Amen.

  • Father, could please explain the meaning of Job? Difficult book to understand…. What are we learning from Job’s life? Thank you! God Bless!

  • Thank you for shedding the light how to overcome resentment/envy in this Gen 37, thank you for the guidance that life is a gift, be grateful what you got. God bless Fr. Mike and all the podcast community of faith. Amen

  • Wow! The commentary today was God speaking directly to a situation that I had prayed on. I was struggling with jealousy and in some situations it is so hard not to have all the negative feelings you mentioned and feel they are justified. Kind of related to schadenfreude! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity of having being able to listen to you as I read along and the applications. Bless you Father Mike

  • I love listening to you each day and going through the Bible with you. I’m 80 years old and I have never read the Bible but with the urging of my daughter, I bought a new Bible and started to read it! She helped me get in touch with your free program and I’m so grateful for her. This is a real eye opener and I look forward to each day when I can sit down in the quiet and read it with your help. I never new about Job and how the proverbs work so with your help, the Bible will mean a lot more to me.
    Good Bless
    Pauline Hunter
    Flowerlady50@gmail.com

  • Lots of negativity in this reading, Judah and Tamar, messy and brokenness, thank you Fr. Mike for simplifying this reading for me to fully understand and embrace that God can do phenomenal good despite of our brokenness. It lights my day to focus on the positivity you shared with us podcast catholic followers. God bless you and all of us praising his glory. Amen

  • Joseph and Job were both tested by God but their faith were so strong that God walked with them. Thank you Fr. Mike for asserting through the reading that God is always there despite of our brokenness. God will guide and bless you through out this bible study. Amen

  • I have a Catholic Bible but quite often as you read Job I get lost. Your Catholic Bible doesn’t follow mine very well. So far Genesis isn’t too bad.

  • Thank you Fr. Mike for sharing your knowledge and teaching us with the bible, “Go to Joseph” what a powerful 3 words, through the reading it re-affirmed me that faith is very important. Joseph was blessed and God will bless you Fr. Mike forever for all this teaching you are sharing for all your catholic podcast followers. What a blessing to know Genesis little by little. All my prayers. Amen

  • Fr. Mike is making the bible SO interesting. I was already familiar with Genesis, but listening to Fr. Mike, I don’t want him to stop reading. The story is so interesting, so real, that at the end of his reading of Genesis, I’m going, “No, keep reading!”

  • 100% correct Fr. Mike that God is communicating to us through his scripture, a wide awakening for me. Thank you for all this religious insights you share with us. God will be with us if we return back to him. All my prayers for you Fr. Smith and all the catholic podcast followers. Amen

  • It would be great if the Bible was available online even if through a timed FTP feature. Don’t worry many people will still buy the hard copy. It’s beautiful, bought it before Father Mike released the show.

  • I am so appreciative of this avenue to come to actually know the Bible. I know the stories from the readings at Mass but have never put it together in my mind as our history. Now I am learning and understanding. Thank you!

  • This may be a dumb question but I am going to ask it anyhow. Who are the “authors” of Genesis? I can figure out the “authors” of a lot of the other books but not this one.

  • Thank Fr Mike and Jeff. I have the Ascension Great Adventure Catholic Bible. I have just started my Bible timeline reading. And I am thoroughly enjoying yours and Jeff’s podcast, which is very spiritually enlightening.
    Thank you once again.
    You both remain in my prayers.
    God bless Deacon Tony.

  • Fr. Mike I want to thank you for this journey through the Bible. My husband and I read the Bible together 21/2 times together before he passed away three years ago. I fell away from reading scripture after his death and just seemed to drop out of everything I signed up for. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to you and following along in The Great Adventure Bible which I bought about a year ago. My Spirit is so uplifted and I am so thankful to our Lord for you and to be back on track. May God bless you!

  • Fr. Mike, I am enjoying Bible in a year. I am confused however how you determined that Joseph had not met his brother Benjamin. In Gen 37 when Joseph shares his second dream it states

    “9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”

    10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.”

    Would this not be saying that Joseph knew Benjamin? Also as Benjamin is the youngest logic would say that the other children knew him.

    Thank you,
    Lynn Mercier

  • Why are the sons of Benjamin in the Catholic Bibles I have different from the ones read here? In Genesis 46:21, my Bible lists the sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ahiram, Shupham, Hupham, and Ard. The Bible used for these readings lists the sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. Does anyone know why the difference?

  • So inspiring story of Joseph, how he still loves his siblings despite of what they did to him. God is always with Joseph and his Father Jacob (Israel). Fr.Mike so uplifting with your reflections with this reading of Genesis, Jobs and Proverbs, many thanks and God bless you as you walk as with this bible study towards God. Amen

  • I posted this question on Facebook #askjeffcavins but not sure whether it would be seen. I would love some feedback on the beginning of Job where there seems to be a discussion between God and the devil. I have always had an issue with this as it makes humans seem like pawns being played. I have therefore disliked this book in the bible.

  • Dear Ascension Press and Father Mike,
    Thank you so very much for The Bible in a Year. I look forward each day to the Bible readings and your discussion Father. There is so much to take in and understand. God bless you.I am praying for us all.

  • Job suffering is a reminder that we will trust our God the Almighty
    because he knows us very well even our name. Fr. Mike you make this reading realistic in terms of suffering, you are correct it makes you sensitive and good person, so that it is not heavy to carry the cross. Bless you abundantly for all the time and knowledge you share with us. God bless us as all. Amen.

  • I needed to be reminded about redemptive suffering and uniting to the cross for our Lord’s honor and glory. Thank you.

  • Thank you Father for making it possible for busy people like me to hear the Word of God. This is also a blessing for the blind. If someone can just press the “play” button for them they can benefit from your podcasts. You and all priests are in my prayers every day. May God bless you all.

  • Dear Fr. Mike,
    I’ve been following the series and finding it so instructive. It was wonderful how the stories of Joseph and Job both finished today, so full of the message of God’s loving providence. May the Lord bless you in this ministry!! Mary Ann James majcsj@gmail.com

  • I am enjoying these podcasts very much!!
    There is something that Father Mike said that I can’t find where he came up with that conclusion. In Genesis 37 it talks about the dreams that Joseph had. At the end of day 18’s reading he made mention that Joseph and Benjamin don’t know each other. Then the next day he reiterated it and again on Day 24. I have searched the scriptures for myself and it doesn’t say that Joseph didn’t know his little brother. Can you please explain this position?

  • What a blessing that I join this podcast with Fr. Mike, 26 days past and so much knowledge with Genesis, Job, Proverbs and Psalms. Thank you so much Fr. Mike for all the reflections and summary of each reading, vastness of knowledge. All my prayers that we all be guided with this bible study under your mentorship. God bless. Amen

  • Powerful, inspiring and lot of insight with the introduction of Exodus. Thank you Jeff Cavins and Fr. Mike, you are both so awesome. God bless both of you. Amen

  • What a gift you have from the Lord Fr. Mike, thank you for walking with us in this Bible Study, we are in Exodus, Leviticus. Wherein our offering our mass has a big link to the beginning of time. So exciting to continue this podcast, God bless us all especially you Fr. Mike. Amen

  • God is always there, watching and guiding us, thank you Fr. Mike for strengthening our faith through this bible study podcast, so gifted with all the words in your reflections. All our prayers that the Lord be with us all in this journey. Amen

  • Lesson learned to give time and praise the Lord, thank you Fr. Mike for your sharing not to be a Pharaoh to ourselves, praise the Lord. God bless you forever more and all the podcast followers. Amen

  • Since God does not interfere with our gift of free will, why did He make Pharoh stubborn and harden his heart. That almost sounds like God is taking away free will. I know there is a good answer to this but someone asked me to explain it and I could not. Please shed some light on this. Thank you!

  • God, thank you for allowing us to be a part of this beautiful journey with Fr. Mike. Please protect and bless him, along with the rest of your community who is on this journey trying to learn more about you. May we share this wealth of knowledge with others so they too can love you more.

  • So good to know God life in the old testament when he reveal himself to Moses, great gift that I am part of Fr. Mike podcast. The reflections of Fr. Mike in Leviticus was so soul searching that the Lord God is good heart, what you can offer he will receive it. Lord God thank you for giving me the chance to be part of this bible study podcast, guide and bless Fr. Mike everyday with all the reflections and summary of each readings that strengthen
    our faith. God bless. Amen

  • I’ve just started these podcasts and have only listened to 2 – but it has brought so much peace and the love of God back into my life! I feel like I was a wondering soul with no focus till I found this. Thank you so much for all your hard work! God bless! – an American Lebanese from Lebanon

  • What is the difference between a Catholic Bible in the king James Bible they all the same don’t they say the same thing that God said I would like to know that one question thank you

  • Thank you Fr. Mike for your uplifting words to continue praying that God will have his Holy Spirit within us to strengthen our podcast Bible Study. You are an inspirational. God bless you always and all your community of podcast followers. Amen

  • Feel great after God reveal himself to Pharaoh, can feel that God is talking to me through his scriptures. Thank you Fr. Mike for all the summary and insight after the reading of the scriptures, it soften my heart instead of being like the Pharaoh. All my prayers that God the Father will always guide you while you are walking us all in this podcast bible study. God bless us all. Amen.

  • Learned a lot in this Day 33, glad and happy Fr. Mike guidance with the scriptures, make me feel I comprehend what the Lord want us to serve/worship him. Thank you Fr. Mike, you’ll be always bless for all this wonderful things you done for us Catholics learning more of our religion. God bless us all. Amen

  • The Bible in a year is truly a gift. Reading along with Father Mike enables one to ponder what is being read. The excitement that Father has when he explains the chapters is carried over into my heart. The wisdom of the Old Testament is being revealed in ways that I can finally understand. Connecting what was read to the Psalms is also enlightening. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • I am just now starting the bible in a year. How do I get to the beginning podcast? Thus far all I can find is the most recent. I am a techno ninney and need very specific instructions.

  • This scriptures helped me to understand Passover, the significant of it. Makes my faith so deep through the knowledge I gain in reading the scriptures and reflections of Fr. Mike makes it easy to comprehend, thank you Lord our God for providing this podcast study through the guidance of Fr. Mike, bless him always and all of us our community of faith learning the scriptures. Praise the Lord, Amen.

  • Hello, Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I’m writing to request that the producers consider adjusting these podcasts to be put to YouTube videos with Closed Captioning for the Hearing Impaired.

    The recordings that have already been done could have simple screens with transcriptions on them connected to Father Mike’s existing podcasts; and perhaps, in future recording of podcasts, simultaneously record visual footage. This would be greatly appreciated by so many of us who are hearing impaired, especially since Father is on fire and speaks a little fast for us 🙂

    Thank you kindly!

  • I wake up every morning excited to listen to Father Schmitz’s podcast!! It’s an amazing experience to understanding the Bible and my friend and I FaceTime every Wednesday to discuss the podcasts. Fantastic way to bring my day… thank you!!🙏🙏

  • “Fear of the Lord is taking him seriously” as reflected on the Leviticus with Aaron’s son fate, “The Lord will fight for you and all
    you have to do is to keep still” thank you Fr. Mike for highlighting this scriptures to us today. May God bless you always Fr. Mike and all of us your podcast followers. You are a great teacher.

  • Just informed about the beautiful 365 day episodes of Bible In A Year. Father Mike Schmidt is on Episode 36. So I am late but would like to begin this bible study. Is there anyway of getting all the episodes so I can start from the 1st episode.

  • So in-depth scriptures that if I am reading alone I can’t grasp the significant of the meaning and application to my soul. Thank you Fr. Mike for the elaboration and explanation that the Lord God teaches and train us to trust and be faithful to him. So easy for you to teach us this scriptures, thank you dear God for providing us Fr. Mike as our teacher for this podcast, community of faith, guide and bless him always. Amen.

  • I am so happy to have been a part of Bible in a Year Thank you, Fr Schmitz for your guidance and wisdom

  • Thank you Fr.Mike for sharing and clarifying the vague words in the scripture, this bible study podcast makes it energizing because of all the the knowledge and experience you teach us. God bless you always and all of your podcast faith students. Amen

  • Thanks Fr. Mike so clear your explanation in regards the covenant and commandments, truly you are gifted teacher, preacher and priest. We are so blessed this community of your podcast followers. God is always there to guide and bless us all to know him more. Amen

  • I look forward daily and listen at least twice. I follow with my Bible and it works perfectly. I am not Catholic but I am a Christian. Have been my whole life. I’ve tried to read Bible cover to cover many times but your using three chapters your prayers and then your commentary are so enlightening.
    A long way to say thank you for this.

  • I am so thankful for Fr. Mike and for this Bible in a Year podcasts, and for Jeff Cavins for creating and developing the Bible Timeline and the color-coded Great Adventure Bible.

    Going through these podcasts has renewed my faith tremendously and made me see the scriptures in a different light. I feel like I am in it and part of the whole story. I can feel the presences, if that makes sense, of all the other people also journeying with me in these stories.

    Fr. Mike, your enthusiasm is very contagious, like you, I can not wait for the next podcast, and I keep looking forward to it during the day, at work; I have to stop myself from checking my phone every time to see if the new one is on. I also, do not want to overdo it, lest it fizzles out. It just brings me joy and warms my heart to savor God’s gift and grace all through my day.

    I pray for everyone doing this journey and I especially pray for Fr. Mike that we all may keep receiving what God intends us to receive, each according to his needs.

    See you all everyday, in the days ahead!

  • Fr Mike, this is totally awesome, not only because,finally, I get to read through the bible (with a priest), but I also get to her you distill key insights, and the absolute bonus… I get to hear you pray- so beautifully% WHAT a treat, WHAT a blessing! Simply the best thing to do before you go to bed. Thank you!
    Yvonne in Hong Kong

  • Dear Ascension,
    Thank you so much for making Fr Mike’s Bible in a Year available to us for free!

    Four of my five children are listening to it, along with a boyfriend and a spouse! I can’t even communicate to you how wonderful it was to hear that on their way to a ski trip, they spent a good time discussing what they had learned. Thank you, Thank you!!

    Even though I have done many years of Ascension Bible Studies, I still learn something new every day.
    I love the fact that Father does not seem to be reading a scrip, but is allowing the Holy Spirit to work through him.

    Please tell Father Mike we are praying for him!

    I would like to encourage others to begin the study “late”. Is there anything in the works to make this easier? I have the App on my phone, and started after my children. I find it a little difficult to get to the right program, and then when it finishes, instead of going forward, it goes to the previous show. For those who begin later, his will be a problem.

    Thank you so much!
    May God continue to bless your work!
    Teresa Santoleri

  • These laws that we are hearing in the Old Testament are from God. Jesus in Mark which we are reading in daily mass condemns laws made by man. By the time of Jesus , Pharisees and scribes etc had added much to the laws over and above what God decreed right?

  • Doing great job Fr. Mike, thank you for the explanation in regards God Level 1 teaching with Justice, Fairness, you make it easy for me to understand this scriptures reading, very interesting to know God with a great teacher/preacher and priest. God will always bless you Fr. Mike you are kind to us your community of faith follower through your podcast. Amen.

  • There are so many parallels that reflect what is happening now in our country. Today father Mike spoke about how wrong vengeance is and how our actions must be rooted in justice. Power does not rule.

  • A couple of questions:
    1. What is the point of reading all these rules/laws; why were they thought to be important to be in the canon?
    2. When it comes to discharges of semen or menstrual blood, I here you say they are connected to life but that doesn’t help me to understand why they would be considered unclean. Lumping them in with discharges from a disease just doesn’t make any sense to me.
    3. Why have this comments section if there is never a response by email or during the podcast? What is its purpose? What happens to the comments?

  • So blessed for the gifts of Fr. Mike reflections and explanations with Exodus 22 and Leviticus 15, if I am on my own reading I won’t understand that the Lord is revealing his heart to u the important of laws to follow. God will be with you and guide you Fr. Mike with our journey for this community of podcast followers. God bless. Amen

  • Thank you Fr. Mike for slowing down your reading today. And thank you for this timeline we are following. The readings that go together (like Leviticus with Exodus) give more understanding.

  • Little by little making sense all the practices we have as Catholics based on the scriptures, so blessed for all the explanations, reflections of Fr. Mike, so happy I am part of this podcast. Lord God guide and bless us to continue knowing you through Fr. Mike guidance and excellent way of reflections and explanation that an ordinary person like me can’t grasp easel. God bless him abundantly Amen.

  • Thank you Fr. Smith for taking your time in explaining the significant of the Old Testament to the New Testament, so great to have you, you are a gift from heaven, praise the Lord. God bless. Amen.

  • Could you please send the Bible in a Year timeline in PDF to follow along with Fr. Mike’s daily podcasts? I’ve searched the website a few times and perhaps I need to learn how to find docs- I have been unsuccessful. Thank you and May God Bless Your Work. Michael Costello

  • I have never read so much of the Bible and am so thankful to Fr. Mike for teaching us. I look forward to it everyday and am learning so much. Thank you and God Bless!

  • A lot to comprehend, thank you Fr. Mike for all the explanations, reflections and reminding us how important the scriptures we are reading affect us now as a Catholic, You always help us make our faith strong. Thank you Lord for Fr. Mike and Jeff Cavins for this podcast. Bless them both. God bless. Amen

  • Thank you father Mike for your words of encouragement and shining the light on God’s word and helping me understand and interpret the messages God is sending me
    God Bless

  • Fr. Mike, I found you as a blessing from God. And today 2/13/21 after the readings in the bible you ,melted my heart. You spoke of our names are on your heart and you carry them. How beautiful the LORD is. Shalom Fr. Mike you are loved and prayed for on the floor every night.

  • Is the light that is to continuously burn outside the curtain of the holy place the precurser of our sanctuary light?

  • Good Morning! I have been following The Ascension Catholic Bible Studies group! Although Im not able to comment (cuz I dont have facebook) I have been reading the BIAY with Fr. Mike Schmitz everyday!! I havent missed a day! & I look forward to reading & learning soo much each day!! Thank you for this Amazing Bible Study!! & I told my children, when I am not here anymore, they will have the Gift of my Bible (with All the notes📝 in it) to read, & pass onto their children–God’s Word as an Eternal heirloom❤🙏 Thank you soo much for such a True Gift to dive into Gods Word & The Everlasting Graces & Abundant Blessings!! Prayers Always for Everyone & especially for you Fr. Schmitz, that God & Our Blessed Mother will protect you, for The building up of Gods Kingdom!!
    God Bless You for ALL you Do!!
    Melissa

  • Thank You Lord for this tremendous blessing. What a true gift to hear the entire Bible read to us along with explanation. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”! The Bible reading plan is very doable and easy to follow by any one. Thank You Ascension, Jeff Cavins, Father Mike and all who are responsible for bringing this Bible Reading plan to us. God Bless You each now and always.

  • Thank you Fr. Mike, for the explanation of this scriptures, very important for us to know why our priests, bishops, cardinals have very stunning garments, this is to highlight the Glory and Beauty of the Lord God, also for the spiritual Father inscribed in their heart to represent us to the Lord through you Fr. Mike, Lord God will be so glorified of all the wonderful things you done for us with this podcasts. You bring us closer to Him. God will bless and guide you more, for this awesome job you done for us. God bless. Amen.

  • I love this podcast I think it is so special I love listening to Fr Schmitz I’ve always been catholic and this is amazing

  • Fr. Schmidt,
    In episode 14 you mentioned that Isaac could not take away the blessing from Jacob even though Jacob deceived his father. You stated that a blessing even if given this way is not revocable. You likened it to Catholic sacraments.
    Why then does a spouse have the right to an annulment on the grounds of being deceived by their spouse; i.e., the spouse left out information about their past, etc. that would probably be halted the marriage? Once the priest gives the blessing to the couple, how can the Church revoke it and state there never was a marriage?

  • Hi Father Schmitz,
    I never made it through through reading the Bible straight through. You do a great job with the text and then the prayer and finally the explanation. Thanks for making a difficult read very enjoyable and meaningful. It’s making much more sense.
    Praying for you
    Pat

  • Day45 Lord God Almighty bless all the priests especially Fr. Mike who encourage and help us to understand the scriptures so that we can come home to you. Amen.

  • This is amazing and exactly what I needed! Full disclosure, I am not a Catholic, but we are all children of God. I think all Christians – Catholic or Protestant should undertake this life changing journey. I have been a Christian for a long time and this will be the first time I have read the Bible cover to cover. Father Mike is great at explaining things! Keep up the good work! Christians get started today in order to truly know your Faith.

  • I just happened upon this today 🙂 Is there a way to listen to the days I have missed? Also it looks like the bible isn’t available till May 🙁

  • Thank you Father Mike for this gift and willing to guide us. I was curious if you could address God’s wrath that he was going to send down on his people and how Moses “convinces” God not to destroy them, but when Moses goes down the mountain he does pretty much what God was going to do. Moses talks to God and says to God what God already said to Moses. Could you help me understand or make sense of it.

  • So realistic explanation so inspiring from Fr. Mike you are filled with the Holy Spirit, It give us a lot of strength and thirst for knowledge to know our Lord God, the redeemer. Bless us Lord God the Father strength, agility and faith to be with you everyday through the podcast of Fr. Mike, bless and guide him. Amen.

  • Uh oh Aaron! I guess the golden calf happened at a time of poor judgement. Levites please stay strong and true to our God. 40 days wasn’t so long.. I agree we all tend to get impatient and want to make alternate plans instead of waiting and knowing God will not abandon us.. Thanks Fr Mike for our daily fortifying dose of scripture.

  • Wonderful program that we look forward to daily. We have a question on today’s reading. In Exodus 34:26, it says, “You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.” What does this mean?

  • Fr. Mike thanks so much for the crystal clear explanation of this scriptures we read today, walk in faith with the Lord God, irregardless of uncertainties in this world, this is the beauty of trusting everything to our Almighty. God bless us all especially Fr. Mike our teacher/priest in this podcast. Amen

  • Praise to the Lord for having Fr. Mike with this bible podcast, what a gift. Now I understood to live distinctly to follow God’s words into actions, thank you Fr.Mike for a thorough explanation and elaboration of today’s readings. All my prayers that the Lord God will pour all his graces to you and all. God bless. Amen

  • On the reading list I downloaded in the beginning of the Bible study Psalms are out of sync with the readings online. Is there an updated list for download? Thank you.

  • Dear Father, It is so nice to be read to and to follow along with you. I live alone so you are reading in my living room. Following you since the beginning. Thank you. I have a sincere intention for this entire year while reading the Bible. Blessings to you, Loretta

  • I am involved in following the Bible in a Year Podcast. I have to commend Fr. Mike for his pronouncement of the biblical names which are not easy. Great job!!

  • What do the Israelites do in the 7th year and 50th jubilee year aside from worship? I understand God ordained that they should rest from work and “rest” means worship. Do they worship 7 days for the whole week or 365 days for the jubilee year? How many hours in the day is dedicated to worship? The Israelite priest have a lot to do but what do the ordinary menfolk do, women and children not counted? I posed this question in Ascension Press Bible in a Year FB group but no one seems to know the answer. Thank you

  • We look forward to our daily readings with Fr. Mike. This journey we are taking with him has had a great impact on my life in particular. To be able see where I’ve been and see now where I’m headed. We pray for Fr. Mike every day. Well done!

  • Now I understand why the Lord had the Sabbath Day, thank you for the knowledge you share with us Fr. Mike, it is very uplifting to my soul. God bless you always Fr. Mike. Amen.

  • Never having read the entire bible, this is such a great opportunity and very doable! Thank you. My only disappointment is with the Bible Translation. It is SOOOO different from the translations and familiarity we Catholics have become accustomed to hearing, both read and sung. The different language (words which actually change much of the meaning) makes it impossible to memorize the scriptures with which were are familiar. I’d really like to have the traditional translation back!

  • The Scriptures reflected of how we will serve the Lord, our God, Fr. Mike what an inspiring reflections you share with us how to be a good christian, love the explanation of God our Father wants the absolute best from us to bring him back to him, through the scriptures in every thing there are consequences. So bless that I continue following this podcast through Fr. Mike guidance. God bless him and all of us listening to him, bless the poor in spirit that they will return back to you. Amen.

  • We love, love, love these daily bible reading, and learning so much. But I do have a question. What on earth is a mercy seat? I’ve been trying to picture what it might be in my mind, but it just gets muddled.

  • So happy that I serve the Lord and learn a lot through Fr. Mike teaching and realistic application of the scripture to the daily life as a catholic. Thank you I had follow through diligently this bible podcast, awesome reflections and teaching after the reading, great teacher Fr. Mike and thank you Jeff C for structuring this study. May the grace of the Lord be with you both. God bless. Amen.

  • Hi…this has been such a blessing but the readings arrive on my podcast 6:30am each morning. I am an early riser and would love to receive the readings earlier if possible. Don’t want to stress out Fr Mike but if at all possible that would be great. I share the links each morning with my church and a number of them would love to receive it earlier than I share it.
    Praying for Us all. One love from Jamaica

  • Thanks Father Mike, my whole life I’ve wanted to get through the bible but I knew I would need a lot of support and context to get anything out of a good portion of it. Turns out, I need daily support for a whole year and thank you so much for taking up that task! My family is praying for you daily, you are a great blessing to the Church, and I cannot wait to see you tomorrow!

  • What a blessings to be part of this podcast, 2 genius put together Jeff C and Fr. Mike, so happy to understand the words of God through the scriptures through your guidance and teaching. All my prayers that you both will be bless richly by our God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

  • Dear Fr.Mike Just loving the bible study! Thank you so much for the idea to look up pictures of the making of the tabernacle and vestments! A great way to feel and understand!!!

  • My overweight Tuxedo Cat and I listen to Fr Mike every night before we go to sleep. Tom Cat is on one pillow and I am on the other. Tom Cat never makes it through an episode before he is lulled off to sleep by Fr Mike. I hear this soft snoring in my ear as I finish with the podcast. This is a fantastic program and picked up right where our church Bible Study left off when we had to stop our in person classes last March and go to Zoom. Thank you Fr Mike.
    Tom Cat and Tom Keller MD

  • Thank you so much Fr. Mike! I am enjoying this Bible study so much and learning so much. Your explanation is immensely helpful, it is all coming together. God bless you!

  • Awesome introductory for Day 52, thank you for your dedication and commitment for us to understand and embrace fully the words of God through the scriptures. God will always shower you graces and blessings Fr. Mike for all the good thing you have done for us through this bible podcast. Stay safe and God bless. Amen

  • So in depth and inspiring explanations at the end, how God is faithful to all the descendants of each tribe, so clever for the Lord God to do all these marvellous things for the goodness of humanity. So uplifted with all the reflections and recap of Fr. Mike greatly blessed to follow this Bible podcast, God bless you always Fr. Mike and all the followers. Amen

  • I listen to the talks and follow readings from The Great Adventure bible. This is good because one can read and follow easily good for first timers Reflections are great.I have done many courses by Jeff Cavins and done The Bible Time Line Course with groups, They found it difficult, to follow, I am doing James at the moment with three groups and they find it very interesting and informative,
    Thanks for taking the time to read patiently.

    God Bless you Both

    Genevieve

  • Thanks for the clarifications of this scriptures Fr. Mike, as a regular catholic reading this on my own I won’t be able to know deep and realistically the way you teach us. Thank you Lord God for Fr. Mike and guide and bless him with this Bible Podcast everyday. Amen

  • I have a question. Is there any way i can get a written copy of the prayer by John Henry Newman that Fr. Mike said on the podcast on Feb 24? I looked it up but like Fr. Mike’s version better. It’s from day 55.
    Thank you.

  • Grateful for your additional information, “trivia” that makes information more understandable, including customs, metaphors, e.g. how we learn math and how God is teaching an uncivilized people the philosophy of a fair and just society.

  • Fr. Mike, thank you for your go vocation. Your expression of the bible truely reminds me of a dialogue I had with the Holy Spirit, you have J JOY. Which simply means you can feel Jesus in others. JOY means J -Jesus, O – Others Y – You. When you can see this in others I call this J Joy. God Bless.

  • Thank you Fr. Mike for asserting that Lord God is so faithful for all of us and knows as by name and a task assigned for us is waiting for us to praise the Lord. God bless you and all of us listening t your podcast. Amen

  • I really like the Bible in a year podcast!! I’m not catholic but am enjoying it immensely. I attend church regularly and love listening and learning with these men. Any chance it is being recorded so we can purchase the whole of it when it’s over? I’d like to listen every year to reflect and refresh.

  • So good to have more detailed elaboration and explanation of the scriptures, from an authentic source, thank you Fr. Mike for sharing and educating us your podcast followers. Will always pray for your guidance and blessings for being a wonderful teacher/priest for this bible of the year podcast. God bless us all. Amen

  • Learn a very important part of the mass that you teach us Fr. Mike, today, making a sign of the cross in the forehead, lip and heart to always remember God words through the scriptures that the priest
    read before he give homily. Awesome to know the significant of the mass. Thank you Fr. Mike , all my prayers for the Lord God will be always with you and guide you all the time. Amen

  • This Bible reading plan with father Mike has been of utmost importance in my daily life, I have learned a tremendous amount, things that would otherwise be incomprehensible to me. Thank the Lord for this opportunity and thanks father Mike for your generous time and effort.

  • Great explanation why Israel is the chosen people, so blessed that we have you Fr. Mike doing this bible podcast. You make the study interesting and holy for us catholics whose hunger for the words of the Lord. God will always bless you for this wonderful thing you do. Amen

  • Love listening to Fr. Mike every morning. Thank you corn your explanations and added comments. They are very helpful. Bless you for providing this experience with reading the Bible.

  • We do enjoy this tremendous effort that Fr. Mike and others have provided to us to understand God’s word. Thank you for bring this to us. We pray for you Fr. Mike everyday. God bless and keep you all the days of your life.

  • Day 59, with Numbers 8-9, Deuteronomy 8, and Psalm 93, is just incredible. Thank you so very much, Fr. Mike!! Even though I attended 4 years at the Denver Biblical School, I am learning so much while following your readings and explanations. God bless and keep you safe and healthy all year long.

  • Father Mike, I wish you would read a bit slower, I’m having a bit of a hard time processing what your saying. Thank You so much for your wonderful Bible lessons, Jim Dumenric JMJ

    • I listen to the podcast on the Ascension website. At the beginning of the line that you press to start the podcast, there is a little circle with a number in it. I keep it on number one for normal speaking. But hitting on that you can either slow it down or speed it up. I hope you find this helpful.

    • Jim – I found it helpful to read each Chapter and Psalm before listening to Fr. Mike. I have time to jot down some notes and facts beforehand so that when actually I listen to Fr. Mike I am able to follow along with him much easier. Hope this helps.

    • You can slow it down at the bottom where it has a grey oval that has 1x. Just click on it and slow or speed up.

  • Thank you Fr. Mike. I am really enjoying these daily readings and particularly your comments after the readings are finished.

  • Father Mike,
    Just letting you know how much you are appreciated!
    Just letting you know how much your efforts are helping to lift up my soul to our Lord.
    Thank you!

  • I enjoy Bible in a Year tremendously. I am grateful for Fr Schmitz and all involved in bringing this to us.

  • Strong message from the scriptures to be always faithful to our Lord, in times of scarcity and abundance. Thank you Fr. Mike for reminding this words of God, to follow his statutes and commandment . God bless you always. Amen

  • Day 60, We are so blessed to have you in this podcast Fr. Mike, you make it easy to comprehend the words of God through the scriptures, especially this reading, Moses as a mediator and as all standing in the gap to pray together to the Lord for guidance and blessings, so powerful explanation. Thank you. God bless you Fr. Mike and all. Amen

  • Fr. Mike, “you love garlic” you are OK in my book. God Bless and thank you for all the work you do to bring us this podcast and sharing your wisdom and knowledge with us. Thank you!!!

  • Thank you for bringing to light that we are not called to an easy life, but to carry our cross to be free from sin.

  • My husband and I along with our twin daughters listen to your podcast each night. What a blessing for our family. We have wonderful conversations afterwards and I love hearing my twins thoughts and feelings each night! Thank you sooo much!

  • WOW! Thank God and thank you Father Mike. I’m really enjoying your reading ( you are an excellent reader where you are delivering a fantastic story)
    And your summaries after the readings are so insightful and you are sharing and explaining so many points that would normally not be explained.
    I started late and I’m pleased with my journey
    Thank you 🙏 again to you and your team and may God continue to bless you

  • I really enjoy the bible of the year. I am like your talk at the end. Gives me a better understanding of the reading. Thang you

  • Where do you find the podcasts where Jeff Cavins introduces each time period with Fr. Schmitz? I’ve only heard the first one.

  • Thank you soooo much Fr. Mike !! I have been wanting a Bible reading course like this. I love how you help us to understand what is truly meant in each
    chapter. I can only imagine how much time and effort you have put into bringing us this wonderful study of the Bible. I look forward to listening everyday!! Thanks again and may God Bless you always. PS. I pray for you and all of my fellow listeners daily.❤️🙏🏻😊

  • Thank you so much Fr. Mike for your daily readings, prayers and comments after! I look forward to listening and am learning so much! God bless you, everyone involved in this ministry and everyone listening.

  • I am very much enjoying this Adventure of learning & reading the Bible everyday! Thank you Soo much for this Abundant Blessing!! & My hope of my heart, is to 1 day give my Bible, with All its notes📝 in it & the highlighted verses– to give it to my children as an “Eternal Heirloom” they can Forever keep & treasure it in their hearts! 💕 The You Fr. Schmitz & Jeff, especially for All you do for God’s Kingdom!! I am tucking you all in my Prayers for God’s & Mary Graces to be poured out upon you & their protection for you!!
    God Bless!!

  • What a loving God, despite of all the rebellion of the Jewish people Numbers 10, thank you Fr. Mike for your deep reflections and sharing with this reading today, that God loves us all and we will have to reciprocate back to him. God will always bless you for your time and knowledge you share with us in this podcast. Amen

  • Day 62, Thank you Fr. Mike for bringing to life the significant of icons, crucifix, bible podcast as a reminder of Moses to Israelites people in Deuteronomy 11, a sibling rivalry in Numbers 12, God teach us a moral lesson, to unite us as his children. As usual, God will always bless you Fr. Mike for all the inner strength you share with us in this podcast. God bless. Amen

  • Thank you Fr Mike for your teaching, your words and your encouragement. Thank you for taking me on this journey ❤️🙏❤️

  • With current political environment, Day 63 hits home painfully. Much of this is our battle, and we shouldn’t leave it for our children.

  • Fr, Mike’s sustained enthusiasm day after day is encouraging in and of itself. His obvious joy in the Word refreshes me every day. Loved that my Catholic sister from Bismarck, ND recommended it to me.

  • In all the years I have heard this story I never thought of this…Why did the Israelites go without meat when they were traveling with their herds? Were the cattle saved for God?

  • It dawned on me that the same thing occurs (Joshua’s complaint) in the New Testament…when John complains that people are preaching apart from Jesus.

  • Fr. Mike, thank you so much for your commentary on the Bible in a Year series. I once read the entire Bible straight through on my own (if Edgar Casey could read it once a year – every year of his life – I can read once) but this is downright enjoyable! I look forward to daily readings! Day 62 really got to me. I’m currently facing a possible bone marrow transplant for my brother. We haven’t exactly been on the same page in many years, but yes, this is so much more important than our differences. Thank you.

  • I am on Day 52 starting the new time period. I am enjoying and learning a lot from the bible- so much more than if I just read it on my own. Thank you Fr Mike and Jeff Cavins for teaching us.

  • Day 63, Fr. Mike you strongly reminding us not to fear and distrust the Lord, you are like Moses in Numbers14. In Deuteronomy 12 thank you for explaining to us that the Lord wants us to have one sacred place to worship him. God bless you abundantly. Amen.

  • Day 64, the scriptures was quite deep and dark especially when the Lord God punishment on the man picking up stick on the Sabbath Day is death, but as usual Fr. Mike you are so bless to make this study interesting and you energize us to know more about our Lord God. Thank you and God bless you forevermore. Amen.

  • Learned a lot from this Scriptures Day 65, moral lesson that our Lord God were conveying, Justice, help the needy and the poor with open hands. So good to know how good our Lord God, thank you Fr. Mike for explaining and transforming the scriptures into real life example of how we live now. God bless and guide you for all the wonderful things you do for us in the podcast. Amen.

  • Keep requesting the bible-in-a-year pdf reading plan, but does not show up in my email. Help please. Thanks!

  • Day 66, Quite complicated to understand the message that the scriptures in Numbers18 and Deuteronomy 19-20 were relaying but with Fr. Mike reflections and explanations it makes sense the purpose of God in choosing Israelites to be faithful to Him, so that He will bless the world. Thank you Fr. Mike, I will be praying that God mercy will be with you and all the people in the world. Amen.

  • Numbers 17 and Deuteronomy 17-18 – very good to know how God desired to be worshipped and forbidden forms of worship in this chapters we are reading. It is very enlightening to know especially in this unprecedented time, a great constant reminder to strengthen our faith. Thank you Fr. Mike for guiding and teaching us in this podcast study. God bless and guide you all the time. Amen.

  • So articulate in sharing the past and the present times in Deuteronomy 21, when Jesus fulfilled the promise being hanged in the cross , as well Number 19-20 when Mosses struck the rock instead of talking to the rock, thank you Fr. Mike for all this explanation the studies makes it easy and realistic. God will always be with you. Amen

  • Truly a great clarification and explanation in Deuteronomy 22, a sensitive scriptures and hard to comprehend but with the guidance and teaching of Fr. Mike, everything comes to life, as well Numbers 21 the serpent and Jesus Christ hanged in the cross. Many thanks Fr. Mike, Praying for God blessings and guidance for all of us podcasts listener and especially to you too Fr. Mike. Amen.

  • What did I miss? In the previous paragraph, did not God tell Balaam to go with the princes? Now God is angry that Balaam went with them, I don’t get it. Also, I did not pick up anywhere that Balaam had decided to say one thing and do another.

  • Numbers 22, looking forward how Balaam’s will bless Israelites instead of cursing them, the scriptures becoming so interesting to learn more, thanks Fr. Mike. for all the insight of how we should live our life not be blinded with fame and wealth. God bless you. Amen.

  • So compassionate and humane laws in Deuteronomy 24 an 25. So good of you Fr. Mike to bring to our attention the kindness to the ox while working as part of the laws. All my prayers to you and all the podcast listeners. God bless. Amen.

  • Not only learning the words of God but Fr. Mike reflections and preaching with the Deuteronomy 26 was so uplifting and will open the heart of everyone to be kind and caring to the needy and poor, sharing our blessings to everyone who needed it. God will always provide us with guidance and blessing how we can put his commandments into actions. God bless you Fr. Mike. Amen.

  • Father Mike praying that you get to feeling better soon. May God bless you with health of body, mind and soul now and always! Thank You for continuing to do these Bible readings daily and giving us explanations of the readings.

  • Father Mike, I desperately need an explanation of the curses in Deuteronomy 28. This does not sound at all like a God of mercy, rather it sounds like a God of coercion. This is the God that created these people (and us today) who never asked to be created and now seemingly have to behave in a specific manner in order to be accepted by God. This is really tough to take in. It remains me of the fire and brimstone sermons of the Catholic church in my youth, which did not have the effect of drawing into the church in a trusting manner. Something I still battle today and which keeps me from coming back into the Catholic church (along with various dogma that I disagree with).

  • Thank you Fr. Mike for the explanations and insights on Numbers 27, for women to inherit a property and Joshua taken over the leadership from Moses. Deuteronomy 28, the blessings and curses, you are 100% correct Fr. Mike we get ultimately what we choose. Hope you are feeling better, take it easy. Praying for your speed recovery. Congrats for the award from Cincinnati Men’s Conference. God Bless. Amen

  • I’m still struggling with God’s commanded destruction of other people. So the Israelites disobey God and instead of punishing those that disobeyed, He kills off the victims of the war. This is similar to Adam and Eve sinning and God punishes them but also all future generations that had nothing to do with Adam and Eve sinning. Nor did God punish Satan for tempting them;. He (God) could have terminated Satan then and there.

  • Thanks Fr. Mike for taking your time in explaining Numbers 31 and Deuteronomy 30, without you we wouldn’t understand the moral lesson in this war because of the weaknessess of Israelites, like us. How do we be faithful to the Lord God with so many things that steal our heart from Him (Lord). Thank you for the nourishment of our soul. May the Lord God be with you always. God bless. Amen.

  • Thank you Fr Mike for your words of encouragement. Doing this bible study with you is such a blessing . Glad you are sounding better. ❤️🙏❤️

  • Deuteronomy 30, scriptures so powerful that it reminded us that we have to love God 100% thank you Fr. Mike for the crystal clear reflections and explanations, that we turn away from God during prosperity and ignore him. Great reminded for all of us the we belong to each other, from now on I will always remember this scriptures. Thank you Fr. Mike. God bless you and all the podcast followers. Amen.

  • Psalm 118 and Deuteronomy 32 were reminder for us despite how faithless and brokenness we are, God is still faithful to us. Thank you for the uplifting reflections Fr. Mike with this readings, makes my faith stronger every day. May the Lord God guide and bless you. Amen.

  • Day 79, Psalms of Ascent, we are truly bless thank you Fr. Mike for all additional information and reflections in this readings, you brought us back in time to Jerusalem, when people had to go to the temple to worship, I agreed that it is a gift to worship God and He will give you peace and good will to mankind. All my prayers to all the podcast followers and Fr. Mike our teacher will be guided and bless for this bible of the year study. God bless. Amen.

  • Day 80, truly we belong to each other, we have responsibilities and obligations to the Lord, our family , our community and our neighbours. Thank you Fr. Mike for the constant reminder of this statement which was a reflections of today’s reading, Numbers 35 and 36 and Deuteronomy 34. God bless. Amen .

  • It would be wonderful to have Jeff Cavins do an overview of each book of the bible as we read our way through. His explanations/insights are very helpful.

  • Fr. Mike, what an insight and reflections you shared with us from the book of Joshua 1-4, critical moment how Catholics will take this scriptures but you are amazing you always help us to lift up our spiritual life, be strong and good courage as the two important words you high light. Thank you to you and Jeff Cavins for putting up all this studies. May the Lord God bless you both forever for all this things you done for us. Amen.

  • Day 82, Valley of Achor, so powerful explanation and reflections Fr. Mike, that with all our troubles and shames, there is always hope if we give our life to the Lord God. Thank you. God bless you always and all our podcast followers. Amen

  • Joshua 8 and 9, teaches us as a Family of our Lord God, brother and sister of Jesus Christ, at first I didn’t get the correlation but with Fr. Mike reflections and explanations I completely got it and truly believe on it. Thank you, God bless. Amen.

  • It makes no sense (to me) to say God has/had a Plan A, B, C, etc. Being omniscient, God would know a priori that Plan A wasn’t going to work. It seems, therefore, whatever plan you want to say God used was indeed the one He chose to use. Similarly, God knew at the time of creation, that Adam and Eve would sin and, therefore, there would be no perfect creation for all. I’d love to hear further discussion of this point.

  • Joshua 10-11, scriptures described all the defeats of all the kings against Israelites. It is hard to imagine why God allows this brutality had to be done, so dark and violent. Listening to Fr. Mike’s explanation and reflection, it brings light that this war had to happen because of our brokenness. So bless to be part of this bible of the year podcast, thank you. God bless you Fr. Mike and all. Amen.

  • Thank you Fr. Mike for enlightening us the deep meaning of Joshua 12-14 scriptures that God plan for all of us is harmony towards each other, to ourselves and to Him, fighting for each other, praying for each other for peace and goodwill on earth. God bless. Amen.

  • Joshua 15-18, dividing the lands amongst the tribes of Israel. Quite repetitive and long but as always Fr. Mike reminds us this was a real story with real people at real time. God is with us, guiding us who will be faithful to him. Thank you for the optimism Fr. Mike, so contagious. God bless you and all. Amen.

  • Day 87, Joshua 21:43-44, what a beautiful and inspiring scriptures that God keeps His promises. Thank you Fr. Mike for all the teaching and guidance for this podcast. God bless. Amen.

  • The Book of Joshua, well written and well explained by Fr. Mike that I easily relate myself as a catholic how to be faithful to our Lord God. So blessed, thank you Ascension Press, Jeff Cavins and Fr. Mike in collaborating this podcast, God bless you all. Amen.

  • Thank you.is it possible to get these earlier in the morning? A lot of us only have an opportunity to listen early in the morning before work. Thank you for your consideration

  • So blessed we have a very good teacher, Fr. Mike, make this studies for Judges 1-3 and Ruth 1, realistic and interesting. Thank you God for having a good teacher. God bless and guide us all in this bible of the year podcast. Amen.

  • It seems that the cycle the Israelites when through over and over is no different than our cycle today. We confess our sins and receive forgiveness and then go out commit those same sins once again. Then we are back to confessing our sins and around we go. What happens on judgement day when we are still stuck in this cycle?

  • Thank you Fr. Mike for what you said about Ruth. This was one of my favorite books of the OT. I never thought about Ruth as one who suffered as much as she did and going with her mother-in-law brought a new life for her. the choices we make can change the course of our life.

  • Ruth 2, what an inspiring woman and inspiring words from Fr. Mike, there is always a glimmer of hope as long as you walk your life with our redeemer Jesus Christ. God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast followers. Amen.

  • Judges 6-8 Ruth 3, Gideon’s life story, quite difficult to comprehend but with the teaching and guidance of Fr. Mike all the scriptures were brought to life. Praying that God will be always be with you and guide you all the time. God bless. Amen.

  • So, when someone that God uses to accomplish some purpose of His but they also drift away or do some evil, what are we to assume has or will become of them in the end time? Will they enter Heaven for doing God’s will or will they be punished for doing evil? On this day, Judas is a good example. He gave up Jesus to the authorities so that God’s plan would be accomplished through the conduct of an evil deed. To me he (Judas) had no real choice, God’s will was going to be accomplished. So, is/will Judas enter Heaven? I find such examples throughout scripture to be very troubling. If God uses someone in this manner, does He reward them or condemn them?

  • Judges 11 Jephthah, his vow and covenant to the Lord is really problematic, thank you Fr. Mike in highlighting and reminding us, that when we make covenant with the God must be wise promises, consistent and concurrent with his personality who He is. God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast followers. Amen.

  • Judges 13-15, the famous Samson, now I knew the real Samson, whose weakness was his downfall, thanks Fr. Mike for addressing our weakness that we need to be humbled and ask God to heal and purify us fo all our shortcomings. Have a blessed Easter weekend. Amen.

  • Judges 16-18, From Samson to Delilah, Micah and the Levite, were realities of our brokenness to the Lord God. Thanks Fr. Mike for your teaching and guidance this brokenness were the discussion you highlight, to choose this kind of life or be faithful to the Lord God. Prayers is very important, so we will be praying for you and all so that the Lord God will be with us. Happy Easter. God bless. Amen.

  • Judges 21:25 “at that time there was no king in Israel and everyone did what seemed right to him”, therefore the people do whatever pleases them, they need a leader to lead them. I am excited for the next book we will be reading, thank you Fr. Mike for the knowledge we learned in the book of Judges, a story of all the brokenness of the people of Israel. It is a reminder the our Lord God is our king. God bless. Amen.

  • Samuel 1-2 what an inspiring character Hannah was, she uphold to her promises and faith to the Lord, in return she was bless abundantly. Thank you Fr. Mike for the reflections and teachings that never stop praying for all of us.The great example you shared was St. Monica with all her tears and prayers she had, was answered by the Lord God. St. Augustine, her son, was one of the greatest saints, all catholic seminarians and universities were name after him all over the world. All my prayers that God will bless and guide us all including you Fr. Mike, Jeff Cavins and Ascension press in this podcast bible of the year. Amen.

  • Lesson learned from 1 Samuel 3-5, when God called Samuel he listened and told Eli of what God told him, Eli should corrected her sons from sin and did the repentance but he didn’t do it. This is true Fr. Mike that we should hold God to the highest standards, not a weapon or toy. We should be with him as one and abide him, not to run away. Thank you Fr. Mike for enriching our spirit for today’s reading/studies. Day 97 Samuel’s Prophecy. God bless. Amen

  • 1 Samuel 8, sad and devastating for parents to see their children who turn away from the Lord and walk away from the church. Thank you Fr. Mike for guiding and opening our hearts to pray that these children, be guided and walk their life in the name of our Lord God, not like Samuel and Elis’ children. All our prayers dedicated to all children will soften their hearts to accept God as the they’re king and redeemer. God bless. Amen.

  • Thank you Jeff Cavins and Fr. Mike for generously sharing your knowledge, teaching and wisdom of the The Gospel of John. So blessed to be part of this bible of the year podcast. God bless both of you for this evangelization that touch a thousand lives of Catholics and christians all over the world.

  • John 1-3, so powerful writings of John the beloved about Jesus Christ identity, our redeemer and saviour of all our brokenness. Fr. Mike thank you for all your teaching and knowledge that you explain the scriptures word by word that we can understand fully in relations to what we had learned before. What a gift, you are a good preacher and teacher. My prayers that the Lord Jesus Christ be with you to bless and guide you. Amen.

  • I’m writing to let you know that this afternoon, my husband and I returned to the Catholic Church for confession and the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass after 7 years away. This is Due, in part, to The Bible in a Year with Father Mike, and Divine Mercy. It’s one of the happiest days of my life and I am very grateful. The message today on Day 100 was very encouraging as we took this step. Every time you say “I can’t wait to see you tomorrow!” I get choked up. Keeping you and all those journeying in my prayers!

  • John 4-6, learned a lot of miracles that Jesus performed in order to reveal his identity as the Son of God. Thank you Fr. Mike for validity that Eucharist is indeed the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. As a Catholics this isn’t just symbolic, it is real. My faith is becoming stronger everyday by learning the scriptures through your guidance and teaching. God bless you for all this teaching you done for us. Amen.

  • Man, am I hooked on John! I so appreciate Fr. Mike’s reading this in such a way that draws me in. To think I’ve never read John like this before and what I’ve missed. I’m just loving this whole bible in a year experience. Thank you Fr. Mike for bringing it to life! God bless you bigtime!

  • DAY 101 Signs and wonders, thanks Fr. Mike for the explanation and connecting the dots for all the miracles Jesus Christ did in John 7-9, the scriptures are magnitude of words but you have a way of making it simple for us to understand and easy to apply to our day to day life as a catholics/christian. Proverbs 5:23, reminding as not to die with lack of discipline but to take our cross and follow Jesus Christ. God bless. Amen.

  • John 10-12, this scriptures are so profound and so bless that Fr. Mike teaching and guidance allows us to understand deeper the spiritual meaning of The Good Shepherd, one flock, one shepherd (expansion of the covenant to the entire world) The raising of Lazarus, what an inspiration that Jesus Christ allows to be vulnerable and God to all broken heart. God bless you Fr.Mike and all the podcast listeners. Amen

  • Jon 13- 15, lots of lesson to learn, thank you Fr.Mike in enlightening us through your teaching the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter, this will give us a pointer in life if we will follow them or choose Jesus Christ, ” I am the way, the truth and the life”, so good to understand all this scriptures and apply to our day to day life as a good Catholics/Christians. May the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit be with you forever. God bless. Amen.

  • Jesus priestly prayer to the Father in John 17, was so powerful and deep that he truly loves us, as his disciple. John 16-18, scriptures were so written eloquently and thank you Fr. Mike in narrating to us that we can surely understand the spiritual meaning in our lives as Catholics/Christians. God bless. Amen.

  • I know we’re supposed to read the bible BUT boy would it be great to have a series were Jeff provides commentary on each and every boob of the bible.

  • John 19-21 Jesus suffering, death and resurrection are written in these scriptures, the thoughts are so deep and with Fr. Mike teaching and guidance makes the studies relevant to my faith as a Catholics. A week of Gospel of St. John, was a gift and being immersed in Fr. Mike teaching and guidance was a privileged and a blessing to learn this spiritual Gospel. God bless you Fr. Mike for guiding and educating us with the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • What a blessing, both Fr. Mike and Jeff Cavins were taking us to another chapter of our studies, Introduction to Royal Kingdom. Truly this Bible of the year podcast is so popular #1 because it touches everyone hearts, down to earth teaching and preaching. All the followers are gifted by your spiritual talent Jeff Cavins and Fr. Mike with your collaboration with Ascension Press, this podcast was made possible. All my prayers to all of you. God bless. Amen.

  • Day 106 back to OT 1 Samuel 9-10, Saul is the new King, so grateful for the recap after the reading, brought the scriptures to life and validate I am wounded like Saul. Thank you Fr. Mike for all the guidance and teaching, all my prayers to you and all the podcast listeners that the Lord God will guide and protect us. God bless. Amen.

  • 1 Samuel 12, Samuel final word of advice to Saul and the people, listening to Fr. Mike teaching and interpretation of this scriptures is so powerful, giving a crystal clear example of life brokenness that we are not disqualified from the eyes of God. Therefore we should remain faithful to Him and sin no more. All my prayers to you Fr. Mike for always nourishing our spirit with the goodness of the Lord. God bless. Amen.

  • 1 Samuel 13-14, lots of wisdom learned through the teaching of Fr. Mike, King Saul and his son Jonathan, fighting for the enemies of the Israelites. Always be faithful to the Lord and don’t follow Saul’s vanity, and be brave as Jonathan and God will help you won the battle. Thank you Fr. Mike. God bless you. Amen.

  • 1 Samuel 15, teaches us to be obedience what God ask us to do not what we want to do, this is the downfall of King Saul because he rejected the word of God. 1 Samuel 16 anointed young David as a King, Lord God chooses him amongst his brother because David has a heart of holiness. Thank you for all this insights and knowledge we learned through scriptures, God will always be with you Fr. Mike, he will bless and guide you for all the knowledge and wisdom you share with us. Amen

  • Father Mike, Thank you for giving a detailed commentary on David and Goliath. I’m facing my own giant right now, so your words were very edifying. God bless!

  • David left his sheep with a steward. He was still looking out for his sheep. That stuck with me.
    P.S. Malcolm Gladwell describes David vs Goliath. He breaks it down immpressivily.

  • 1 Samuel 17:45 “You come against me with sword, spear, javelin, but I come against in the name of the Lord”, what an epic and delightful story. Fr. Mike with your teaching and reflections with this scriptures captured my imagination to a deep spiritual meaning. Truly you are correct that we face the battle for today to prepare and conquer the giants in our lives for tomorrow, just like the lad David. Thank you. God bless you and all the podcast followers. Amen.

  • Fr. Schmitz, we read in 1 Samuel that God sent an evil spirit into Saul a number of times, however, you neglected to say anything about this in your commentary. We’re told God can do no evil, that He is all good, how then is sending an evil spirit into someone good. I can see that it was good for God in that it was working out His plan but it certainly can’t have been good for Saul. Please provide an explanation.

  • 1 Samuel 18–19 Psalm 59, so heart warming the deep friendship of David and Jonathan, despite he is the son of King Saul it didn’t affect him at all. King Saul jealousy towards David, he will be in a run to save his life. Thank you Fr. Mike in reminding us to pray Psalm 59, to praise God even the battle is not over, as what David did and he was guided by the Lord God. God bless. Amen.

  • Day112 1 Samuel 20, thank you Fr. Mike for teaching us the 4 types of Love in the Bible. David and Jonathan love each other is Philia, brotherly friendship that unites them together in pursuit of the Glory of God, honouring the nation of Israel and doing the right thing for the Lord as you mentioned in your teaching. So bless we have you as our teacher, we learn religion too, aside from the scriptures. All my prayers to you and all the podcast followers. God bless. Amen.

  • I wasnt sure where to: #askJeffcavins
    My Question– If David was known as a Good King, & found favor with God, why did he kill 200 men for their foreskins?
    Thank you for listening & God Bless!

  • 1 Samuel 21-22 and Psalm 52, so powerful prayer that David wrote when Doeg the Edomite betrayed him and killed Ahimelech, the priests and his family, as commanded by King Saul. Always trust the Father, the Son and the gift of the Holy Spirit, as you reminded as Fr. Mike if trust is broken in our lives like David. God bless. Amen.

  • 1 Samuel 23, thank you Fr. Mike for uplifting our spirit that the Lord God is always there to protect and save us in times of disaster or difficult moment, and reminding us that the hand of God is present with us. Praying that the Lord God will be always with you and all the podcast followers. God bless. Amen.

  • Thy Word Lord is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. THANK YOU LORD for this Bible in a year. Thank You for giving us this tremendous blessing. Thank You Lord for giving all of those responsible for making this possible the grace they need to do so. Please continue to do so.

  • This podcast has done so much for me. I now have a new saying when I find myself thinking too much of myself: Don’t be a Saul! Be a David.

  • 1 Samuel 24:13 “May the Lord be judge between you and me and may he exact justice from you in my case, but I shall do you no harm”, truly Fr. Mike, David recognizes the power of the Lord and knows his limitations. Thank you for teaching us that we should consult the Lord and listen to his voice before making any decisions like David. May the Spirit of God be with you forever to guard and guide you. God bless. Amen.

  • 1 Samuel 25, this scriptures teaches us to be like Abigail, full of wisdom and courage. David listen to her plead not to kill her husband. Thank you for the reflections that David is truly a just leader where all his men follow him. We will be praying as a community that the Lord God will bless us all. Amen.

  • 1 Samuel 26:9 But David answered Abishai, “Do not harm him. For who could harm the Lord’s anointed and not be punished ?” Another wisdom learned from this scriptures as Fr. Mike explained are the 3 virtues Mercy, Reverence and Faithfulness that David’s exemplify in today’s reading. Thank you Fr. Mike in illuminating our mind in understanding the words of the Lord God. My prayers to you and all the podcast community. God bless. Amen.

  • 1 Samuel 28 Saul consult a Medium, so bless to know and understand what the word of God in this scriptures, thank you Fr. Mike in teaching and affirming with us, that only the Lord God will guide us for our future, not the horoscopes, astrology or clairvoyant. Moving forward we can give 100 % of ourselves to the Lord God. Praise the Lord, all my prayer to you and all podcast community. God bless. Amen.

  • When we hear that David consulted with God, are we to assume that he actually heard God’ voice or was it a dream or was it by casting lots or by using the Urim and Thummin (since he donned the Ephod)?

  • 1 Samuel 30:24 “Who would agree to what have you said? The share of those who go down to the battle and of those who remain with the supplies shall be the same; they shall share alike.” a powerful words from the scriptures, that will inspire us everyday. Thank you Fr. Mike in reminding us to read Psalm 18 on our on time, what a beautiful prayer that truly reflects God strong affection to us. He loves us all. God bless. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 1, David’s Song of Lamentation for Saul and Jonathan shown what a noble person David is and a poetic writer. Fr. Mike what a reminder you said to us not held hostage with our enemies and our past, because Jesus Christ redeemed us and like David we are anointed, through the grace of our Lord God we can move forward. Thank you for this wisdom you taught us. Praying for you and all podcast community. God bless. Amen.

  • What is the purpose of reading all the names in Chronicles? I doubt that most people can remember any of it after a mere few seconds. Why is it even deemed important to be in the canon?

  • Day 121, 2 Samuel 2, war and violence amongst the house of Saul and David, the scriptures is dark. Thank you for lifting up our spirit Fr. Mike by reminding us Jesus Christ teaching of forgiveness to end this violence or anger to let it go. God bless. Amen

  • Father Mike, you definitely get an “A” plus for all of the name pronunciations. Thank You for your insight into all of the “little things” that have significance in the Bible. So much could go by us & be “over our heads” without the explanations that you and Jeff Cavins gives us. Breaking down the Bible this way daily in little bits with explanations is very helpful. May God bless you Father Mike, Jeff Cavins and all who make this podcast possible “behind the scenes.”

  • Fr. Mike, 1 Chronicles 3-4, lots of difficult names to pronounce but you mastered them all, you highlight how important these names in our studies. 2 Samuel 3, you explained fluently that David mourning publicly for the death of Abner is a character of a great leader that unite the people. Thank you for making this study that we can check and balance our own lives if we conform to the wisdom we learned from you through this scriptures. God bless. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 4, what a tragic story, the death of Ish-bosheth, thank you Fr. Mike in explaining that David’s rule under the Law of God, he shown mercy to his enemy and punished the killer of Ish-bosheth. A great scriptures that will guide us to obey God’s Law. All my prayers to you Fr. Mike and all podcast community. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 5:19 David consulted the Lord “Shall I attack the Philistines?Will you deliver them into my hands?” The Lord answered David,”Go ahead for I will certainly deliver the Philistines into your hands.” Thank you Fr. Mike for constantly teaching and reminding us that we should ask/inquire the Lord God first what to do like David, and things are bless. All my prayers to you and all podcast community, Jeff Cavins and Ascension press that the Lord God will be with us to guide and guard us. Amen.

  • What a blessing for a day, learning all these scriptures 2 Samuel 6-7 1 Chronicles 9 and Psalm 89, so bless to know all these words of God. Mary who carried Jesus Christ in her womb, new “Ark of the Covenant ” Thank you Fr. Mike for all this teaching, knowledge and wisdom you shared with us, what a gift. God bless. Amen.

  • Day 126 David’s Victories 2 Samuels 8:15″ David reigned over all Israel, issuing decrees and administering justice to all his people.” Thank you Fr. Mike in teaching us the significant of 1 Chronicles 10-11, in order for King David to propose a vision to his people, reminding them of their pedigree and God is with them, so bless to know all this word of God. God bless. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 9:13 “But Mephibosheth lived Jerusalem for he always ate at the King’s table. He was crippled in both feet”. What a wisdom we learned from this scriptures, you are truly correct, Fr. Mike, King David intention for Jonathan’s son is to elevate and honour him. So informative all the teaching you shared with us with all the armies of King David, so full of wisdom. Thank you Lord God for all this teaching we learned from Fr. Mike, God bless. Amen.

  • Day 128, so bless to listen to the teaching of Fr. Mike so assuring that God is in our presence ,anywhere where we are, so we have to love and obey him, 1 Chronicles 13: 10 “Then the anger of the Lord blazed out against Uzzah, and he killed him because he had laid his hand on the ark, and he died there in the presence of God”. God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast community. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 11, David and Bathsheba, even King David commit an adultery, thank you Fr. Mike in narrating the scriptures by teaching us the pros and cons of every choices King David should have to avoid committing adultery, even raped and murdered. Sad, but it is a lesson learned in your teaching that we should not leaving off the mission of God given to us. So bless that we can connect this story to our daily lives. Praying for you Fr. Mike and all podcast community. God bless. Amen.

  • Day 130, 2 Samuel 12:13 David said to Nathan ” I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan answered him . “The Lord has forgiven your sin, you shall not die”. King David the broken man, thank you Fr. Mike in encouraging us to see ourselves in this scriptures, so that we can correct our brokenness. Also reminding us that God loves us by bringing into lights from what have done in the dark to save us. Thank you in highlighting the teaching in Chronicles 16 to invoke, thanking and praising the Lord and the last revealed by King David repentance. So good to learn all this stuff. God bless you Fr. Mike. Amen

  • 1 Chronicles 17, Thank you for all the knowledge and teaching that that King David dynasty will endure forever and his son will have a kingdom and will bless the world. 2 Samuel 13, so dark and horrible, thank you Fr. Mike for your preaching to ask Lord God what to do, which King David didn’t do in this situation, so good to learn from this scriptures how to become a good parents. Also for giving us hope to call God in making as a whole again. So bless to be part of this podcast. God bless. Amen.

  • Day 132, 2 Samuel 14, Absalom shown no sign of repentance and King David shown no real forgiveness and no full reconciliation result to rebellion, thank you Fr. Mike for this teaching that we need to be like the Father, Lord God full forgiveness. Praying for you Fr. Mike and all the podcast community that Lord God mercy be with us. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 15:25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If the Lord looks kindly on me, he will bring me back and allow me to see again the ark and its lodging place”. King David truly shows his trust to the Lord God and shows a true repentance. Thank you Fr. Mike for reminding us to offer reconciliation now for the people we love. God bless you. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 16:11 Then David said Abishai and his officers,”If my own son wants to kill me, how much more this Benjaminite! Leave him alone and let him curse me if the Lord has ordered him to do so”. King David humbled and humiliated, thank you Fr. Mike for your teaching to become an agent for God not an agent for devastation as you explained in 1 Chronicles 21. God bless. Amen

  • Day 135 The Counsel of Hushai and Preparations for Building the Temple, through your teaching in this scriptures it strengthens our faith, our desire to be the temples of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Fr. Mike. God bless you always. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 18:32 The king asked the Cushite, “How is the young man Absalom?” The Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rebel against you end up like that young man.” So good in your teaching in this scriptures that God the Father claimed his son Jesus Christ and us his children, beloved son and daughter, He knows our name. Unlike David he call Absalom, my son, my son after the tragedy happened. God bless you Fr. Mike. Amen.

  • Day 137, 2 Samuel 19, you are correct Fr. Mike when we grief like David we overshadows everything in life, Joab did an amazing job in helping David back to his senses, so good explanation especially with David wearing ephod and the genealogy in 1 Chronicles 24. Thank you for reminding us like David, we are mixed of good and bad, dark and light , therefore we need God’s grace, will be praying for you, Jeff Cavins, Ascension Press and all podcast community. God bless. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 20:3 When David reached his house at Jerusalem, he took the ten concubines whom he had left to keep the palace and put them under guard. He provided for them but had no relations with them. So they were secluded until the day of their death and lived like widows. Thank you for teaching as this scriptures as an example in making choices in life not to hurt other innocent people, so uplifting not to sin no more. 1Chronicles 25, the cantors, so good to know and listen to all the details you explain about this scriptures, now we have in every Catholic Churches, cantors and choirs, so amazing to learn the origin of this. God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast community. Amen.

  • I still struggle with passages such as those in today’s Chronicles reading where God seems to condone/call for the sacrifice of innocent people to expiate some past deed that the current people had nothing to do with. This would be like someone killing their grandchildren to make up for something their parents did. Saying that we don’t know the mind of the God seems like a too simple and convenient way not to deal with such biblical occurrences.

  • Day 139, So good to fully understand the significant of the Gatekeepers in 1 Chronicles 26, as you mentioned any job done for God is being sanctified. 2 Samuel 21, King David asked the Gebionites, how to serve them, but Gebionites asked for 7 members of Saul’s Family to be hanged, result of the sin for innocent men as we learned in 2 Samuel 20, even in his old age King David went to a battle, great example as his men told him not to lead the battle, so humbling and humility that David accepted, great lesson learned. Obedience over sacrifice.Thank you Fr. Mike for all these preaching and teaching learned through the words of God. God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast community. Amen

  • 2 Samuel 22, reveals David at the end of his life, give God’s praise in his prayers. Remarkable David included his brokenness in this prayers and he wasn’t bitter or resentful. Thank you for all the teaching and preaching to choose praise against resentment, so uplifting the words of God through your teaching Fr. Mike. Praying for the grace of the Lord God be with us. God bless. Amen.

  • All these people that God used to advance His kingdom and purposes were flawed and sinned in various ways. Are we to assume that they were all brought home to be with God when they died or were they punished for the sin and cast into hell (especially because this is before Jesus time and saving crucifixion/resurrection?).

  • 2 Samuel 23, dedicated this scriptures to his Mighty men to help him established his kingdom, thank you Fr. Mike in teaching us to be like David at the end of his life he praises people around him, not being resentful. Great morals to learn and use everyday. God bless. Amen.

  • 2 Samuel 24:10 But after he had the people counted, David felt remorse and said to the Lord, ” I have sinned greatly in what I have
    done, but now, O Lord, I ask you to forgive my sin for I have acted foolishly”. Lesson learned through your teaching we are only the steward for the Lord God and He is the source/owner of all things.
    1 Chronicles 29:16 Lord, our God, all the wealth brought together to build a House for your holy name, comes from your hand, all is yours. Fr. Mike so bless for all your teaching in this scriptures to give freely and whole heartedly out of our needs not from our excess, this bring joy to the Lord God. Thank you for all the morals learned in this chapter. God bless you Fr. Mike. Amen.

  • Why would David be punished for taking a census when it was God that “incited” him to do it? It is not abundantly clear to the lay reader that it was not God that incited him. Also, how is it possible to slaughter a 1000 bulls, rams and lambs and then offer them as burnt offerings in 1 or 2 days? It would be wonderful for this podcast if someone actually answered the questions of the listeners.

  • Day 143, 1 Kings 1, 2 Chronicles 1, Psalm 43, I am glad that Fr. Mike fully explained the scriptures, Solomon as the successor to King
    David’s throne, he was given wisdom by the Lord God but lack obedience. Truly, Fr. Mike, thank you for highlighting being obedience is very important which we needing now in our present time. As you said,” exercise the gifts of the Lord in accordance to his will, as the Lord said, I desire obedience over sacrifice,” we will be praying that the blessings we receive will be used according to Gods will. God bless. Amen.

  • 1 Kings 2 , 2 Chronicles 2-3, so bless to gain knowledge in honouring the “Queen Mother” as the scriptures describe King Solomon’s mother, as honouring Mary in the New Testament. Lesson learned as what David didn’t mentor or father his sons, it is better to set an example as a parents than giving advice that kids/King Solomon won’t follow at the end. God bless you Fr. Mike for your unselfish teaching and preaching to your podcast community. Amen.

  • 1 Kings 3, 2 Chronicles 4-5, what a magnificent temple for the Lord that King Solomon’s built, so interesting and educational to listen to the preaching and teaching of Fr. Mike especially when Solomon received the wisdom from God and his judgement for two harlots.
    God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast community. Amen.

  • Day 146 1 Kings 4, Solomon was wise in delegating his authority to his 12 governors define by the region. What a teaching for us to accept a universal church not attached to our parochial church. Thanks Fr. Mike for this reminder. 2 Chronicles 6, Solomon established Jerusalem is the City of worship and location is in the temple. Thanks for all the knowledge shared, God bless you always Fr. Mike. Amen

  • 1 Kings 5, 2 Chronicles 7-8, what a lesson learned from Solomon, despite how wise he was and Lord God appear to him at night, giving a direct warning to be with the Lord God. Instead of having his wife(Pharaoh’s daughter) brought in to the covenant but Solomon choose not, therefore he is setting up himself for idolatry. He wasn’t willing to be obedient. To love God is to be obedient, so powerful preaching and teaching Fr. Mike. Praying that we will be always faithful and obedient to the God’s commandments. God bless. Amen.

  • How do we reconcile the incongruity between Jesus telling the rich young man to give away all his wealth and follow him versus Solomon building a house for God that is lavishly (seemingly ridiculously so) adorned with gold and silver and gems. A practice somewhat followed by the lavishness of the Vatican today. I implore someone, anyone from Ascension presents to answer these difficult to understand questions.

  • 1 Kings 6:7 When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tools iron was heard in the temple, while it was being built. So profound with this words of God, King Solomon was truly a great builder. Thank you Fr. Mike in highlighting the weaknesses of Solomon so that your podcast listener wouldn’t be blindsided by his wealth and accomplishment. God bless us all. Amen.

  • 1Kings 7, Ecclesiastes 1-2, so bless to have you Fr. Mike in teaching as the meaning of this vanity, so complex but your able to explain in such a way we can understand. God bless you Fr. Mike. Amen.

  • 1 Kings 8:10 And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled then house of the Lord. Powerful words of the Lord, in strengthening my faith. Ecclesiastes 5:10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; nor he who loves wealth, with gain: this also is vanity. Thank you Fr. Mike in highlighting this scriptures in your teaching, asking us if this exist in our lives ? So we need prayers and graces that the Lord God will guide us to follow his commandments. God bless. Amen.

  • Day151 Wisdom and Folly, Ecclesiastes 6-7, thank you Fr. Mike in teaching us the meaning of each scriptures especially in Ecclesiastes 6:21 Do not give heed to all the things that men say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Powerful words of God not to ruin our day, as you said Fr. Mike ” Let me take joy of what I have”. So praise the Lord for all this teaching and wisdom, we are learning from Fr. Mike. God bless. Amen.

  • 1 Kings 10, What a lesson learned that you are teaching with us Fr. Mike in Ecclesiastes 9:11 Again I saw under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, not favour to the men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. Powerful words of the Lord. Thank you Fr. Mike in reminding us to come into peace with ourselves that we will be forgotten. You are correct this scriptures we are in now is the honest assessment of what life is, so we should live life wisely. God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast community. Amen.

  • I would like to know where the Roman Catholic Church definition of the “unforgivable sin” comes from since it is not explicitly in the bible. How did the Roman Catholic Church arrive at its definition and in what century?

  • Day 153, Solomon so wise but end up not a good King, Lord God reminded him but he choose to ignored him, he took foreign wives and built shrines to their gods. Fr. Mike you are correct, consequences to our decisions doesn’t end in our lives but can be passed on to our children, great example, how King David raised his children especially Solomon, lesson learned we need to teach our children to love God and obey his commandments. Love the book of Ecclesiastes, so many wisdom to learn, great eye opener to this busy life to slow down and love the Lord God and keep his commandments. God bless. Amen.

  • Messianic Checkpoint: thank you Jeff Cavins in joining Fr. Mike in sharing with us the insights and overall what to expect in the Gospel of Mark, so inspiring to know all the knowledge you discussed. I am so bless to be part of this bible in the year podcast. Jesus Christ mission is our mission, to spread his words, which both of you are doing now. I am praying that the Lord God will abundantly bless you both. God bless. Amen.

  • So uplifting to the spirit after listening to Fr. Mike’s teaching Mark 1-2, from Baptism of Jesus Christ, battle with Satan, gather his disciples, healing with the paralytic through the faith of his friends, so bless that we have a great teacher, God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast community. Amen.

  • Lots of knowledge learned from Mark 3-4, in this scriptures, we need to speak the the truth, unlike with the Pharisees were silent when Jesus Christ asked them question “it is lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill”. Thank you for all this teaching Fr. Mike. God bless. Amen.

  • Mark 5-6, Jesus has absolute power over the evil, as seen in his work, The Gerasene Demoniac. Thanks Fr. Mike for all the knowledge you shared especially the exorcism, scared at first but with your assurance with our baptism, can save us from evil spirit. Plus your teaching of the scriptures, it nourish and strengthened our faith. God bless. Amen.

  • Mark 7-8, learned a lot of wisdom from this scriptures, especially the Syrophoenician woman, like us. She persist that Jesus is God that can heal her daughter, she approach God in humility not entitlement Great teaching and reminder. Thank you Fr. Mike for all the elaboration for us to understand clearly of each Jesus Christ ministerial work, such as the loaves of bread, great wisdom learned God bless you Fr. Mike. Amen.

  • Mark 9-10, Reality of Sin, Fr. Mike you are truly a good preacher/teacher, so bless that I can understand the fully meaning of what Jesus Christ the Lord meant with his words, such as in the Temptations to Sin, you put it easy for me to understand, to get rid of the things that make me sin, not to cut it off my hand or foot which was on the scriptures, so good to understand clearly and can apply my life in line with the Lord God, Jesus Christ. At the end of this scriptures you give us hope with your teaching. So God, bless Fr. Mike for all this teaching and unselfish time he spend with us in the bible in the year podcast. God bless. Amen.

  • Fr. Schmitz enthusiasm and love for God and scripture is palpable. It is clear why he was called to a priestly vocation. I doubt that I will ever come close to the enthusiasm and love he projects. I may be closer to the Christian in name only that he referred to in the podcast. God help me.

  • Mark 11 -12, from the Fig Tree, Jesus Cleanses the Temple, The Parable of the Wicked Tenants, Jesus Authority Question, Question of about Man’s Resurrection, Question of paying taxes, so good to listen to Fr. Mike in details all the analogy and implication of all Jesus Christ works in this scriptures reading, to our lives. One that stand is we should bear good fruits by following Jesus Christ teaching and keeping his commandments. God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast community, what a gift. Amen.

  • Fr. Mike, you are truly correct with the warning of Jesus Christ, the people who will follow him will be persecuted, family divided over Jesus Christ teaching and never speak from each other. My prayers that this hostility amongst family can be reconciled with the graces of our Lord God. We should heed to your teaching to pray like Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, honest and trusting to the God the Father, Mark 14:36 And he said , Abba, Father, all things are possible to you; remove this chalice from me; yet not what I will, but you will. Thank you Fr. Mike. God bless you forever more. Amen.

  • I have learned a lot from each study. I enjoy Father Mike reading the passages from the Bible, and also the explanation. He takes the time to explain in our terms, and wow his explanation really makes sense. Example “even the dog eat the crumbs under the table”, never really understood that passage. I was so pleased to hear Father Mike explain that Jesus did not have any siblings. I knew that, but did not know the explanation. I always said “where were his siblings during the passion, they were not mentioned, and also why would Jesus give Mary to John, who was not related to him, he was a total stranger?
    Wouldn’t Mary go with her children? But Father Mike explained why he did not. I have had the experience that so many Catholics say he did, because of the passage in the Bible. Overall I am so pleased to follow Father Mike, in this Bible study. I have taken Bible studies, but they do not take the time to make you understand the nitty gritty meanings in our lives. Father Mike does, and this one is worth listening to. I also share these links with others. Thanks Father Mike. Perfect for the times we are in.
    May God Bless You.

  • Day 161, Mark 15-16 Psalm 22, with this last reading of the Gospel of St. Mark, Fr. Mike teaching in regards the crucifix such as to remind us the devastating effect of the sin and self sacrificing love of God that he allows his son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Powerful teaching and uplifting to my spiritual knowledge. God bless you Fr. Mike and all podcast community. Amen.

  • Introduction to the Divided Kingdom, so grateful and thankful that Jeff Cavins and Fr. Mike truly care and committed that us podcast community, have crystal clear understanding of this kingdom. Praise the Lord, that we have this 2 great teachers and scholars who guided us with this Bible in the year, what a gift. May God richly bless both of you. Amen.

  • I just do not get why God would punish the man of God that was lied to rather than punishing the prophet of Bethel that lied to him. It seems we will never be able, in this world, to understand God’s reasoning. These are the types of passages that create great roadblocks to growing my faith. May be, at some point we have to ask “has God hardened my heart, does God not want me to grow my faith?” Am I to just give up and walk away?

  • Back to OT, Rehoboam, 1 Kings 12:8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him. In life we have bad decision, this is a good example that we always listen to old men with full of wisdom and to listen to the words of the Lord. Thank you Fr. Mike. God bless. Amen.

  • 1 Kings 13, 2 Chronicles 12:2 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, because they are unfaithful to the Lord, Shishak, king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. Thank you Fr. Mike in highlighting that we need to be faithful to our Lord God and he will be with us. God bless us all. Amen.

  • Kings and Chronicles are hard reading. The brutality of God is difficult to take. I much prefer to see the loving God of the New Testament. How do I reconcile the vast differences? Further, of all the books in the bible, the Song of Solomon is my least favorite. I would likely skip reading it on my own.

  • Day 164, Tearing down Idols, thank you Fr. Mike for breaking down every details of the event in 1 Kings 14 2 Chronicles 14-15, and teaching us the wisdom of the scriptures such as a) remove the idols in our lives and trust the Lord God b.) offer our first fruits to the Lord thanking him for all the blessings c.) keep God commandments. So powerful teaching and reminder. God bless. Amen.

  • Song of Solomon 4 had more meaning to me when Fr. Mike explained base on the teachings of St. John Paul’s theology of the body. Lesson learned not to follow King Asa, he reigned very good but at the end he was unfaithful to the Lord God and he died of foot disease he did not seek the Lord but sought help from physicians. Thank you Fr. Mike. God bless you and all the podcast community. Amen.

  • Thank you Fr. Mike in making this scripture through your teaching easy to understand focusing on Elijah, faithful and obey the words of Lord God, at the end he proven to the people of Israel that the Lord is the only God will answer their prayers not the Baal. God bless. Amen.

  • 1 King 10-20 2 Chronicles 20, Song of Solomon 6, lots of reading but Fr. Mike so good that he was able to teach and explained to us this reading of the scriptures easy to follow and understand. Thank you for the wisdom behind Viaticum that the Lord God provided Elijah food for his journey, truly the Lord God is always there for us. Praying for you Fr. Mike and all the podcast community. God bless. Amen.

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