The Bible in a Year – Introduction to the Early World

Welcome to the official start of the Bible in a Year Podcast! We’ll begin reading the Bible in the episode “Day 1: In the Beginning”, but before we dig into scripture, Jeff Cavins joins Fr. Mike Schmitz to lay out the context for the Early World period (Genesis 1-11). They discuss the type of scripture we’ll encounter (Hebrew poetry) and how that affects our understanding of the Word. This episode is not part of the 365 day reading plan, but is important to help understand the readings from this period.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 25 – Job’s Questioning

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Day 25: Job’s Questioning

Where is God in Job’s suffering? Today, Fr. Mike dives deeper into Job’s questions as he wrestles with his suffering. We learn that God always uses our suffering for a purpose although we may not understand it in the moment. Today’s readings are Genesis 47-48, Job 39-40, and Psalm 16.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 26 – God Responds to Job


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Day 26: God Responds to Job

Today we wrap up our journey through the Patriarchs as Fr. Mike finishes the book of Genesis and the book of Job. Fr. Mike particularly draws our attention to God’s beautiful yet mysterious response to Job’s questions. Today’s readings are Genesis 49-50, Job 41-42, and Psalm 17.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 33 – Locusts, Darkness, and Death of the First Born

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Day 33: Locusts, Darkness, and Death of the First Born

In today’s reading from Exodus 10-11, Fr. Mike explains how the ten plagues reveal that God is far greater than the Egyptian gods. We also discover more about how God wants to be worshipped through Leviticus 8 and Psalm 50.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 46 – Set Apart for God


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Day 46: Set Apart for God

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

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The Bible in a Year – Day 59 – Obligations to God

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Day 59: Obligations to God

As we read Numbers 8-9, Deuteronomy 8, and Psalm 93, Fr. Mike reflects on how the Israelites were expected to celebrate Passover in all circumstances, learned to trust that God would lead them to where they needed to go, and needed to remember God in times of abundance as well as darkness.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 62 – Spies Sent to Canaan

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Day 62: Spies Sent to Canaan

As we read Numbers 12 and 13, Deuteronomy 11, and Psalm 94, Fr. Mike reflects on the conflict between Aaron, Miriam, and Moses and explains why Miriam appears to be the only one punished. He also mentions the lack of trust the people continue to have in God, as they discover that the land of Canaan is occupied by a seemingly stronger force.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 68 – The Waters of Meribah

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Day 68: The Waters of Meribah

Fr. Mike describes the miracle of the waters of Meribah that God performs for his people in the wilderness. He also explains the logic behind the laws God gives his people to restore their morality as they learn to live in relationship with each other. Today we read Numbers 19-20, Deuteronomy 21, and Psalm 100.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 79 – Psalms of Ascent

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Today, Fr. Mike points out how the boundaries of the land of Canaan in Numbers remind us that the Promised Land is not a nice idea, but a real tangible place. He also reveals that Psalm 120 begins the Psalms of Ascent, or the Psalms that people would pray as they went up to the Temple to worship. The readings are Numbers 34, Deuteronomy 33, and Psalm 120.


The Bible in a Year – Day 90 – Ruth and Boaz

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Day 90: Ruth and Boaz

Fr. Mike highlights the life of Ruth, and what seems to be the first day of hope she’s had in a long time. Sometimes it takes a long time to catch a glimmer of hope in the darkness of our lives, but Ruth reminds us that no matter what we’ve been through, God is always with us. Today’s readings are Judges 4-5, Ruth 2, and Psalm 134.


The Bible in a Year – Day 91 – Gideon’s Story

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In today’s reading from Judges, Fr. Mike talk about Gideon’s story, and points out how the people began to worship the object Gideon had created to glorify God, instead of worshipping the living God. In Ruth, he highlights the role of kinsman-redeemer and how Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of that role. Today’s readings are Judges 6-8, Ruth 3, and Psalm 135.


The Bible in a Year – Messianic Checkpoint: The Gospel of John (with Jeff Cavins)

You’ve made it to the first Messianic Checkpoint! Jeff Cavins joins Fr. Mike to introduce the Gospel of John. They discuss the structure of this Gospel and what makes it so different from the other three Gospels. We learn that the Gospel of John doesn’t just tell us what Jesus did, but most importantly who he is.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 102 – The Death of Lazarus

Fr. Mike recalls the death of Lazarus, and how Jesus not only allowed himself to be broken by the sorrow that breaks us but also how he took that hopelessness and brought forth life. He also explains how the covenants we’ve seen in the Old Testament are all leading to the eternal covenant that will be instituted through Christ on the Cross. Today’s readings are John 10-12 and Proverbs 6:1-5.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 110 – David and Goliath

Today we read the epic story of how David defeats Goliath, a giant Philistine warrior. Fr. Mike points out that David’s heroic courage in this battle came from David’s faithfulness to God and to the small tasks entrusted to him as a shepherd. We learn that when we are faithful and courageous in small matters, we can face the giants in our bigger battles. Today’s readings are 1 Samuel 17 and Psalm 12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 118 – King Saul Despairs

Fr. Mike reflects on King Saul’s despair in the face of trial, and how he seeks other means of comfort when he feels like God has abandoned him. God never abandons us, especially in the midst of danger. Fr. Mike invites us to place our trust in God’s promise, instead of resorting to sinful acts. Today’s readings are 1 Samuel 27-28 and Psalm 34.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 125 – Covenant with David

Fr. Mike highlights the moment God makes a covenant with David, promising him an everlasting dynasty, but reserving the building of the Temple to David’s son Solomon. He also teaches us how 2 Samuel 7 foreshadows the fact that the Blessed Mother is the new Ark of the Covenant. Today’s readings are 2 Samuel 6-7, 1 Chronicles 9, and Psalm 89.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 141 – The Life of David

Fr. Mike touches on one of his favorite bible stories about David’s mighty men and discusses his attitude in old age. At the end of his life, David chooses not to dwell on his mistakes, but to recognize the people around him and the blessings he received, which helped him accomplish what God was calling him to do. Today’s readings are 2 Samuel 23, 1 Chronicles 28, and Psalm 42.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 149 – All is Vanity

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 149: All Is Vanity.

Today we begin reading the book of Ecclesiastes! Fr. Mike helps us understand the central theme of this book of wisdom literature- the meaning of life. What truly matters in this passing life? It’s only because God exists that everything matters because our choices and lives will endure into eternity. Today’s readings are 1 Kings 7, Ecclesiastes 1-2, and Psalm 5. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 150 – The Dedication of the Temple

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 150: The Dedication of the Temple. Fr. Mike explains the details of Solomon’s dedication of the Temple, and the power of God’s presence dwelling in it. In Ecclesiastes, we continue to learn more nuggets of wisdom about friendship, prudence, and money. Today we read 1 Kings 8, Ecclesiastes 3-5, and Psalm 6. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 151 – Wisdom and Folly

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 151: Wisdom and Folly. Fr. Mike delves deeper into the lessons Ecclesiastes teaches us today about living wisely by keeping the end in mind, enjoying the present moment, and not worrying too much about other people’s opinions of us. Today’s readings are 1 Kings 9, Ecclesiastes 6-7, and Psalm 7. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 152 – Being Forgotten

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 152: Being Forgotten Fr. Mike reminds us that, eventually, all of us will be forgotten by the world. He encourages us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven, focusing on surrender and trust in God, rather than control. Today’s readings are 1 Kings 10, Ecclesiastes 8-9, and Psalm 8. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 153 – The Decline of Solomon

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 153: The Decline of Solomon. Today, as we hear about the decline of Solomon, Fr. Mike points out how the consequences of our decisions can have ramifications far beyond ourselves. The readings are 1 Kings 11, Ecclesiastes 10-12, and Psalm 9. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 154 – The Baptism of Jesus

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 154: The Baptism of Jesus. As we begin reading the Gospel of Mark, Fr. Mike points out several amazing details about the baptism of Jesus, as well as the significance of the healing of the paralytic. The readings are Mark 1-2 and Psalm 11. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 155 – Jesus is Lord

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 155: Jesus is Lord Today we read about Jesus’ teachings and miracles that confirm his identity as Lord. Fr. Mike emphasizes the divinity of Jesus revealed in his actions, and clarifies historical facts about his life. The readings are Mark 3-4 and Psalm 20. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 156 – Jesus Casts Out Demons

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 156: Jesus Casts Out Demons As we continue to read about Jesus’ ministry, Fr. Mike focuses today on Jesus’ power to cast out demons and reminds us that there is an ongoing spiritual battle for our souls. Today’s readings are Mark 5-6 and Psalm 21. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 157 – Following Jesus

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 157: Following Jesus. Fr. Mike emphasizes that following Jesus as his disciples requires remarkable humility, faith, purity of heart, and courage. Today’s readings are Mark 7-8 and Psalm 23. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 158 – The Reality of Sin

Day 158: The Reality of Sin – The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz Fr. Mike highlights the reality of sin and our capacity to choose hell as we read about Jesus’ teachings on temptations, divorce, and wealth. Jesus’ teachings can be challenging, but following him is the path to true holiness. Today we read Mark 9-10 and Psalm 29. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 159 – Bearing Fruit

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz – Day 159: Bearing Fruit As we read about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, Fr. Mike breaks down Jesus’ interactions with his disciples and the sadducees, and his reaction to the widow’s offering. We learn that a life rooted in Jesus, is a life that bears good fruit. Today we read Mark 11-12 and Psalm 67. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 160 – Jesus Warns the People

Day 160: Jesus Warns the People -The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz. Fr. Mike guides us through Jesus’ warning of persecution to the people of Israel as we near the end of Mark’s Gospel. He also touches on how Jesus’ behavior in the Garden of Gethsemane should serve as an example to us, and explains why Judas’ betrayal was so heartbreaking. Today’s readings are Mark 13-14 and Psalm 68. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 161 – The Crucifixion of Christ

Day 161: The Crucifixion of Christ -The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz. Fr. Mike finishes the gospel of Mark by reflecting on the death and resurrection of Christ. He also encourages us to reflect on the redemption of our own sins every time we see a crucifix and to return that same sacrificial love to God every day. Today’s readings are Mark 15-16 and Psalm 22. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children – parental discretion is advised.


The Bible in a Year – Day 162 – Rehobo′am Seeks Counsel

Fr. Mike explains why it’s better to seek counsel from those who don’t necessarily always agree with us, using the experience of Rehobo′am as an example. He also touches on the failed leadership of Jerobo′am as he leads his people into false places of worship and idolatry. Today’s readings are 1 Kings 12, 2 Chronicles 10-11, and Song of Solomon 1.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 174 – The Prophet Hosea

Fr. Mike takes a break from 2 Chronicles to enter into the book of Hosea. We learn that Hosea was a prophet called to not only witness to God’s words, but to his actions as well. Fr. Mike also touches on hope in times of intense healing, and how essential this virtue is when striving to live a life for Christ. Today’s readings are 2 Kings 5, Hosea 1-3, and Psalm 101.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 175 – Knowledge of God

Fr. Mike emphasizes the importance of knowing God and knowing his love for us as we read about the devastation of war and the lack of faith displayed by Israel. Without a deeper knowledge of God, not only can we struggle for hope in God’s plan, but we can also fall into the temptation of losing faith in him altogether. Today’s readings are 2 Kings 6-7, Hosea 4-7, and Psalm 103.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 177 – Return, O Israel

Fr. Mike shortly touches on David’s honest prayer in Psalm 109 before diving into the unending love God has for his people. As we continue to journey through our readings, we will begin to see the words of the prophets come to fruition as those who return to the Lord in faith will experience his undying love and forgiveness, despite their unfaithfulness. Today’s readings are 2 Kings 9, Hosea 11-14, and Psalm 109.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 180 – Giving Time to God

As we conclude the book of Amos, we hear Amos rebuke the people for grudgingly giving their time to God, as in prayer or on the sabbath, and counting the minutes until they could do whatever they wanted. Fr. Mike points out that if we don’t give our hearts and minds to God, we won’t be able to stand heaven, where prayer and praise are everlasting. The readings are 2 Kings 13-14, Amos 7-9, and Psalm 124.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 183 – Israel Falls to Assyria

Today we read about the critical moment when Assyria destroys the Northern Kingdom, and the ten northern tribes are exiled and assimilated among the nations. Fr. Mike explains how this moment and the foreign possession of Samaria is key in order to understand Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman in John 4. We also read about how the prophet Micah beautifully foreshadows the birth of Jesus. Today’s readings are 2 Kings 17, Micah 5-7, and Psalm 140.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 186: Struggles with Self-Interest

Fr. Mike highlights the goodness of Hezekiah as king of Judah but also points out his failure to protect the future of his people. While Hezekiah let his self-interest cloud his judgment, we are reminded to pray for those who will come after us, doing our best to preserve what will be theirs one day. Today’s readings are 2 Kings 20, 2 Chronicles 31, and Psalm 144.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 192 – The Prophet Isaiah

Today we begin reading the book of the prophet Isaiah and the book of Tobit! Fr. Mike helps us understand the historical context of Isaiah’s ministry to Judah, and the themes of condemnation and consolation present in his writings. As we enter into the book of Tobit, Fr. Mike emphasizes Tobit’s virtuous character. Today we read Isaiah 1-2, Tobit 1-2, and Proverbs 9:7-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 194 – Holy is the Lord

Fr. Mike zeroes in on Isaiah 5-6 today. He emphasizes the literary masterpiece of the parable of the vineyard in Isaiah 5 and how it represents the story of Israel. He also shows us how Isaiah 6 is full of rich symbolism that points to the sacred realities of the Mass. We are reminded that God is truly holy and deserving of our praise. Today’s readings are Isaiah 5-6, Tobit 5-6, and Proverbs 10:1-4.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 196 – Destruction of Israel

Fr. Mike talks about the destruction of Israel and explains how Jesus becoming man is the fulfillment of this prophecy we hear in Isaiah. He also points out the importance of God’s anger with the Assyrians destroying Israel, even though he will bring the greatest blessings out of the worst circumstances. Today’s readings are Isaiah 9-10, Tobit 10-12, and Proverbs 10:9-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 199 – Times for War

Fr. Mike explains why Joel would say that there are certain times for war, even within God’s plan. In a broken world, we are sometimes going to be called to fight the brokenness around us, but we must believe that God is allowing this not because he likes war, but because something better will come in its place. Today’s readings are Isaiah 16-17, Joel 3, and Proverbs 10:21-24.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 200 – Egypt, Assyria, and Israel

Fr. Mike celebrates Day 200 of our journey by highlighting the relationship between Egypt, Assyria, and Israel according to the Lord’s plan. We have a God who died for his enemies to make him his friends, and we see that foreshadowed in Isaiah, concerning the horrific acts of Assyria and Egypt. Today’s readings are Isaiah 18-20, Nahum 1-2, and Proverbs 10:25-28.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 201 – Keys to the Kingdom

Fr. Mike focuses on Isaiah 22 today and explains how the role of the pope in the Catholic Church goes all the way back to this important chapter in Isaiah. We learn that Jesus himself instituted the papacy by making Peter his ‘al-habbayit, the one over the household who holds the keys to the kingdom when the king is away. Today’s readings are Isaiah 21-22, Nahum 3, and Proverbs 10:29-32.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 209 – God Comforts His People

Fr. Mike brings us into the book of Consolation as we continue through Isaiah, and learn about how God never fails to comfort his people, even in the worst of times. He also introduces us to the Prophet Ezekiel, as we read about God accompanying his people into exile, even after their unfaithfulness. Today’s readings are Isaiah 39-40, Ezekiel 1, and Proverbs 11:29-31.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 210 – Speaking God’s Word

Fr. Mike compares the messages of Isaiah and Ezekiel, one coming from a pre-exile time and the other from a post-exile time. Even though they are coming from two very different points in salvation history, they both are persistent in speaking the Word of God, and sharing his consolation with the people of Israel. Today’s readings are Isaiah 41-42, Ezekiel 2-3, and Proverbs 12:1-4.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 212 – God’s Instrument

Fr. Mike highlights the works of King Cyrus, who we met yesterday, and how he is able to contribute to the will of God without actually knowing him. Cyrus not only shows us that no soul is ever too far for God’s grace, but that God makes all things new, and is able to bring beautiful blessings from the most desperate situations. Today’s readings are Isaiah 45-46, Ezekiel 6-7, and Proverbs 12:9-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 214 – The Hidden Glory of God

Fr. Mike reflects on how Isaiah’s prophecies in 49-50, point to the immediate reality of God’s promise of redemption for Israel, as well as to the distant reality of Jesus Christ as the Messiah. In Ezekiel, we also learn how the glory of God departed from the Temple, and how God’s presence is often hidden from us as well. Today’s readings are Isaiah 49-50, Ezekiel 10-11, and Proverbs 12:17-20.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 218 – Each Will Be Judged

Fr. Mike reflects on some of the ways that people turn away from God, including: worshipping idols, fasting for selfish reasons, and not honoring the sabbath. He also highlights the passage from Ezekiel 18 that tells us that each person will be judged by their own actions, and not by those of their parents or children. The readings are Isaiah 57-58, Ezekiel 17-18, and Proverbs 13:5-8.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 221 – Walking with Wise Men

Fr. Mike expands on the passage we read in Proverbs, and emphasizes how important it is to surround ourselves with people who are striving towards holiness. He also reflects on the book of Isaiah, and how through these last couple of stories show that God’s justice is always aligned with his infinite mercy. Today’s readings are Isaiah 63-64, Ezekiel 21-22, and Proverbs 13:17-20.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 225 – Our Will vs. God’s Will

Fr. Mike reviews one of the most powerful verses in Proverbs, dealing with personal discernment and wanting to follow our own will instead of God’s. He also goes into a deeper explanation of the prophet, Jeremiah, and how we ourselves can reflect the actions of Israel in the Old Testament. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 2, Ezekiel 28, and Proverbs 14:9-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 227 – The Towering Cedar

Fr. Mike highlights the people of Israel’s flaw in trusting in the strength and power of Egypt, not realizing that although Egypt is like a towering cedar tree, the nation will eventually collapse. Fr. Mike also points out Jeremiah’s vehement message to Israel to brace themselves for God’s judgment. Today we read Jeremiah 4, Ezekiel 31-32, and Proverbs 14:17-20.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 228 – The Watchman’s Duty

Fr. Mike expands on Ezekiel 33 and emphasizes that the role of a prophet, is to be God’s watchman and speak whatever it is God wants to be spoken. He stresses the reality that those who are teachers and leaders, who shape and form the consciences of others, have the responsibility to speak the truth even when it’s hard. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 5, Ezekiel 33, and Proverbs 14:21-24.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 229 – Shepherds of Israel

Fr. Mike explains the beautiful connections between all of our readings today. He emphasizes how good shepherds are , to face the truth, and also sacrifice for his sheep, like Jesus who laid down his life for us. In our reading of Jeremiah, Fr. Mike also explains that the experience of shame points to the reality that there is something good within us that ought not to be violated. Today we read Jeremiah 6, Ezekiel 34-35, and Proverbs 14:25-28

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The Bible in a Year – Day 230 – A New Heart

Reflecting on the stubbornness of the Israelites’ hearts from today’s readings, Fr. Mike teaches us that we cannot always trust our imperfect hearts, because they are not always aligned God’s law and will, and they can often lead us into false worship. However, we can rely on God who promises to give us a new heart so that we can do what we ought. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 7, Ezekiel 36, and Proverbs 14:29-32.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 231 – The Valley of Dry Bones

Fr. Mike explains the significance behind the mention of bones in Jeremiah and Ezekiel. In Jeremiah, we learn that the bones of God’s people are scattered because of their worship of false gods. In Ezekiel, we see the prophet prophesy over the valley of dry bones and the Lord’s Spirit restoring and moving within them. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 8, Ezekiel 37-38, and Proverbs 14:33-35.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 236 – Rich in Love

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

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The Bible in a Year – Day 241 – Daniel and the Den of Lions

As we read the epic story of Daniel in the den of lions, Fr. Mike points out Daniel’s valor and faithfulness in the midst of his powerless. We also learn the meaning of Daniel’s vision of the four beasts and the ancient of days. Finally, Fr. Mike explains the prophetic significance of Jeremiah’s vision of good and bad figs. Today’s readings are Jeremiah 24-25, Daniel 6-7, and Proverbs 16:5-8.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 242 – King Nebuchadnezzar’s Role 

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

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The Bible in a Year – Day 244 – Susanna’s Righteousness

Fr. Mike reflects on the story of Susanna’s righteousness in the Book of Daniel. While celebrating Susanna’s virtue, Daniel’s wisdom, and God’s faithfulness, Father Mike also warns us that, like the corrupt elders in the story, we too can allow our to hearts become perverted by the things we fix our eyes on. The readings are Jeremiah 30, Daniel 12-13, and Proverbs 16:17-20.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 259 – The Sermon on the Mount 

Fr. Mike reads the Sermon on the Mount and explains how Jesus’ teachings powerfully fulfill the old testament law, and identify the broken human heart as the source of our sinful actions. We learn that Jesus himself is the remedy to our sins, and that the secret to holiness is living in the perfect will of God. Today’s readings are Matthew 5-7, and Proverbs 18:21-24.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 262 – The Father’s Generosity

As we read about the many miracles Jesus performs in today’s readings from Matthew, Fr. Mike asserts the objective reality of those miracles and reinforces that Jesus is truly the Son of God who has power over matter. We learn that in Jesus, we too can do things that we could never do on our own. Today’s readings are Matthew 14-17, and Proverbs 19:9-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 264 – Preaching Without Practice

Fr. Mike continues to explain the parables Christ recites in Jerusalem, specifically focusing on the dangers of preaching God’s Word without practicing it in our lives. Jesus goes on to speak against the Scribes and Pharisees, reminding us that he’s not only the Prince of Peace, but the Way and the Truth. Today’s readings are Matthew 22-24 and Proverbs 19:17-20.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 271 – Israel’s Foreign Wives

Fr. Mike discusses God’s instruction to the people of Israel not to marry women from foreign lands. He explains why God would provide this instruction and how Ezra reacted when he discovered that many prominent Israelites had not obeyed it. He also identifies the prophecies of Palm Sunday and the thirty pieces of silver found in Zechariah. Today’s readings are Ezra 9-10, Zechariah 9-11, and Proverbs 20:16-19.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 272 – The Call of Nehemiah

Fr. Mike introduces the book of Nehemiah and takes us through Nehemiah’s exemplary response to the call of God as he does what God asks simply because he asks. He also encourages us to pray for our enemies and explains the need to refrain from vengeance in our interactions with others, especially when we are provoked by their actions. Today’s readings are Nehemiah 1-2, Zechariah 12-13, and Proverbs 20:20-22.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 273 – The Lord’s Work

Fr. Mike continues discussing the call of Nehemiah and how we should approach the work the Lord calls us to do. He explains why all work is divine participation in God’s Kingdom on earth and encourages us to remember our service to God and to others, keeping our focus on serving and loving in the realm of our influence. Today’s readings are Nehemiah 3, Zechariah 14, and Proverbs 20:23-26.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 274 – Perseverance in Opposition

Fr. Mike continues to describe Nehemiah’s process of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem and encountering a variety of challenges in his calling. He explains that in doing God’s work, we will often face internal or external opposition which we must meet with prayer and perseverance, trusting God entirely. Today’s readings are Nehemiah 4-5, Esther 11-12, and Proverbs 20:27-30.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 275 – Esther Becomes Queen

Fr. Mike continues reading from the book of Nehemiah as we read of the many attempts to prevent Nehemiah from doing the great work of God. We also see the events that lead to Esther being chosen as queen and the goodness she will bring even in the midst of a broken system. Today’s readings are Nehemiah 6-7, Esther 1-2, and Proverbs 21:1-4.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 276 – Haman’s Plan

FAs Fr. Mike reads from Nehemiah today, we hear about how the hearts of the people of Israel were moved as Ezra reads the book of the law of Moses to them. In our reading of Esther, we have the beginning of the crisis that will unfold throughout the book as Haman, backed by the king, seeks to destroy the Jews. Today’s readings are Nehemiah 8, Esther 3 and 13, and Proverbs 21:5-8.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 278 – Power in Weakness

Fr. Mike walks us through the signing of the covenant in Nehemiah 10 and relates Israel’s collective decision to belong to God to our personal encounters with God that inspire us to follow him simply because he has called us. He also offers insight on how God used the physical weakness of Esther to move the king’s heart to gentleness. Today’s readings are Nehemiah 10, Esther 15, 6-7, and Proverbs 21:13-16.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 279 – Blessings and Burdens

Fr. Mike offers a brief recap of today’s chapter from Nehemiah, identifying the difference between those who were able to live in Jerusalem and those who were not. He explains the ancestral gifts that each tribe of Israel received and applies this concept to the vices and virtues of our families, as well as our freedom to adopt or reject them. Today we read from Nehemiah 11, Esther 8, 16, and Proverbs 21:17-20.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 280 – The People of the Covenant

Fr. Mike concludes the book of Esther and the book of Nehemiah by reflecting on the journey and resilience of the Jewish people thus far in the story of salvation. Fr. Mike explains how, in our lives, we don’t always know how God is going to show up, but we know that he will be faithful. Today’s readings are Nehemiah 12, Esther 9-11, and Proverbs 21:21-24.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 281 – Good and Evil

Fr. Mike summarizes the final moments of the book of Nehemiah, when Nehemiah returns to find the people of Israel being unfaithful to God’s commandments and marrying foreign wives. Fr. Mike connects this to our lives, as we too often confuse God’s unending love for us to mean that he always wants what we want. Today’s readings are Nehemiah 13, Malachi 1-4, and Proverbs 21: 25-28.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 282 – Antiochus Desecrates the Temple

As we begin reading the first book of Maccabees today, Fr. Mike highlights the severe persecution against the Jews and the desecration of the Temple led by Antiochus Epiphanes. We also begin our journey in the book of Sirach today and learn about the fear of the Lord, clinging to the Lord in trials, and the importance of honoring our parents. Today’s readings are 1 Maccabees 1, Sirach 1-3, and Proverbs 21:29-31.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 284 – Near Occasion of Sin

Fr. Mike points out how advice from books like Proverbs and Sirach may not apply perfectly to every situation, but are meant to help guide us towards wisdom. He also highlights a piece from Sirach that encourages us to avoid “deserted places”—calling us not only to stay away from sin, but to stay away from what leads us to sin. The readings are 1 Maccabees 3, Sirach 7-9, and Proverbs 22:5-8.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 286 – The Battle to Choose God

Fr. Mike walks us through the current battles of Judas Maccabeus and the Israelite people, emphasizing that while war is violent, freedom to belong to God and worship him is worth fighting for. He also discusses the importance of spending time with virtuous people to acquire their positive qualities and the need to seek good rather than evil to attain the riches of heaven. Today’s readings are from 1 Maccabees 5, Sirach 13-15, and Proverbs 22:13-16.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 288 – Battling Against Gossip

Fr. Mike explains the importance of wisdom in our everyday lives when we face temptations to gossip, encouraging us in the battle for virtue, wisdom, and goodness. He emphasizes that we must ask the Lord for his wisdom to guide us as we interact with the people around us, just like the Jews prayed before battle. Today’s readings are 1 Maccabees 7, Sirach 19-21, and Proverbs 22:22-25.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 290 – Judas Maccabeus Dies

Fr. Mike guides us through Judas Maccabeus’ last battle, his death, and his succession. We learn that part of Judas and Jonathan’s victory involved fighting fellow Jews living in the land who were not living according to God’s laws. Fr. Mike points out that when the enemy is in the inside, it is especially heartbreaking. Today’s readings are 1 Maccabees 9, Sirach 24-25, and Proverbs 23:1-4.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 291 – The Rise of King Alexander 

Fr. Mike breaks down the dramatic events from our reading of 1 Maccabees today, including; Jonathan’s new role as high priest, Demetrius’ defeat in battle, and King Alexander Epiphanes formidable alliance with Egypt formed by marrying Cleopatra. In Sirach, Fr. Mike reminds us that the good qualities wives are called to possess are also applicable to husbands. Today we read 1 Maccabees 10, Sirach 26-27, and Proverbs 23:5-8.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 292 – The Power of Words

As we continue our journey in 1 Maccabees, Fr. Mike explains that this book of the Bible is unlike others because it narrates stories and events without providing any interpretation. In Sirach, Fr. Mike stresses the teaching on the power of our words and the gravity of gossip and slander. Today’s readings are 1 Maccabees 11, Sirach 28-29, and Proverbs 23:9-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 293 – Discipline Grounded in Love

Fr. Mike focuses on the theme of disciplining children, reflected in our readings from Sirach and Proverbs today. He clarifies that there is a crucial difference between discipline and destruction, and emphasizes that disciplining children should always be grounded in love and oriented towards their success in the future. Today’s readings 1 Maccabees 12, Sirach 30-31, and Proverbs 23:13-16.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 294 – Judea Gains Independence

In our reading of 1 Maccabees today, Fr. Mike highlights the the establishment of the new independent sovereign nation of Israel in the land of Judah. We learn how Simon takes command and enforces the law all around the land. Fr. Mike reminds us that even today, Christians are governed by Jesus himself and ultimately to belong to him. Today’s readings are 1 Maccabees 13, Sirach 32-33, and Proverbs 23:17-21.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 295 – Israel’s Expectations

Fr. Mike mirrors the story of 1 Maccabees and Israel’s expectations of continued success onto our own lives, emphasizing that God’s marvelous plan exceeds our expectations and what we think should happen next in our lives. He invites us to worship and give to the Lord with freedom and generosity in response to God’s sacrificial love for us. Today’s readings are 1 Maccabees 14, Sirach 34-35, and Proverbs 23:22-25.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 298 – The Gift of Life

Fr. Mike gives us context for the beginning of 2 Maccabees and recounts the story of Nehemiah’s discovery of the sacred fire. He also offers a reflection for those struggling with grief and death, which serves as a reminder to all about the blessing of our lives and the lives of those we love. Today’s readings are 2 Maccabees 1, Sirach 40-41, and Proverbs 24:1-7.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 300 – Conversion of Heart

Fr. Mike provides context to the God-centered perspective of 2 Maccabees and compares it to the more secular perspective provided by 1 Maccabees. He challenges us to reflect on our days with the lens of 2 Maccabees – acknowledging God’s presence in each moment of our story. Additionally, Fr. Mike shares the miraculous conversion story of St. Mary of Egypt. Today’s readings are 2 Maccabees 3, Sirach 45-46, and Proverbs 24:10-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 301 – Rising Again

As we begin to wrap up the Old Testament, Fr. Mike reflects on our reading from Sirach and what we have already learned on this journey through the Bible. He emphasizes that Scripture encourages us to rise again from our sin and return to God, because our God always picks us up again with his mercy. Today’s readings are 2 Maccabees 4, Sirach 47-49, and Proverbs 24:13-16.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 302 – The Pursuit of Wisdom

Fr. Mike concludes the book of Sirach today and encourages us to continue the pursuit of wisdom. In our reading of 2 Maccabees, we see again the pillage of the Temple and we are re- introduced to Judas Maccabeus. Lastly, in Proverbs Fr. Mike encourages us to resist the temptation to rejoice when our enemies fall. Today’s readings are 2 Maccabees 5, Sirach 50-51, and Proverbs 24:17-20.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 303 – Eleazar’s Martyrdom

Fr. Mike offers a recap of Eleazar’s martyrdom and marvels at Eleazar’s courage to avoid both sin, and the temptation to lead others into sin. As we begin reading the book of Wisdom today, we also learn three valuable lessons; God did not create death, death entered the world through sin, and we are wise when we walk in the truth but foolish when we walk in evil. Today’s readings are 2 Maccabees 6, Wisdom 1-2, and Proverbs 24:21-26.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 304 – Life Beyond Death

Fr. Mike focuses on the powerful theme that connects all of our readings today- the reality of life beyond death. In the story of the martyrdom of the seven brothers in 2 Macabees, we see how the brothers and their mother fiercely reject the temptation to violate God’s law, and boldly hold onto their hope in the resurrection of the dead. Our readings from Wisdom also remind us that death is not the end, because we know that eternal life is waiting for us beyond death. Today’s readings are 2 Maccabees 7, Wisdom 3-4, and Proverbs 24:27-29.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 305 – The Defender 

As we hear the re-telling of the story of Judas Maccabbeus and his brothers fighting for the honor of the Lord’s Temple in 2 Maccabees, Fr. Mike points out how this version gives us an insight into their recognition of God’s presence, mercy, and justice in their circumstances. We learn that no matter what we are going through, we can trust that God is our great defender who is present and active in all circumstances of our lives. Today’s readings are 2 Maccabees 8, Wisdom 5-6, and Proverbs 24:30-34.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 307 – Courage in Battle

Today, Fr. Mike discusses the confidence that faith in God can provide as we fight the battles of our lives. He also engages with the riddles found in Wisdom 10 and points out that we can now not only understand the characters, stories, and allusions of Scripture, but can recognize the fingerprints of God in the world around us and better understand the main character of Scripture: God. Today’s readings are 2 Maccabees 10, Wisdom 9-10, and Proverbs 25:4-7.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 309 – Praying for the Dead 

Fr. Mike breaks down the doctrine of purgatory as we read about Judas Maccabeus and his army praying for the dead in 2 Maccabees 12. We learn that purgatory is a process of purification that our hearts need in order to be ready to love God and to enter into his presence. In our reading of Wisdom today, Fr. Mike emphasizes the insanity of worshipping idols and how it’s more tempting to make idols out of good things rather than evil things. Today’s readings are 2 Maccabees 12, Wisdom 13-14, and Proverbs 25:11-14.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 311 – God Fights for You

As we get closer to the end of the Old Testament, Fr. Mike highlights one of the lessons we’ve seen time and time again—that God continues to fight for each of us, despite the brokenness and messiness of our lives. He also points out how the reading from Wisdom foreshadows the coming of Jesus. The readings are 2 Maccabees 14, Wisdom 17-18, and Proverbs 25:18-20.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 312 – Conclusion to the Old Testament

Fr Mike celebrates the accomplishment of reading the entire Old Testament and wraps up the books of 2 Maccabees and Wisdom, talking through the key themes of the Old Testament visible in the conclusions to these books. He also discusses the motivation of the Maccabees to defend the temple and maintain its purity as well as uphold God’s honor. Today’s readings are from 2 Maccabees 15, Wisdom 19, and Proverbs 25:21-23

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The Bible in a Year – Day 313 – The Ark of the New Covenant

As we begin reading the Gospel of Luke, Fr. Mike draws our attention to Mary. He clarifies the difference between Zechariah’s response and Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel, and also explains why Mary is the Ark of the new Covenant. We learn that through Mary, God begins to fulfill his promises to the people of Israel. Today’s readings are Luke 1-2, and Proverbs 25:24-26.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 314 – My Beloved Son

Fr. Mike elaborates on the significance of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. He points out that the location of the Jordan River is particularly noteworthy because it’s the same river that Joshua crossed over to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, signifying that Jesus will bring about a new exodus. Additionally, it’s the lowest spot on the planet, symbolizing Jesus’ humility. Finally, Fr. Mike emphasizes that when we are baptized, we are adopted as beloved sons and daughters of God because what belongs to Jesus by his nature is given to us by God’s grace. Today we read Luke 3-5 and Proverbs 25:27-28.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 315 – The Virtue of Mercy

In light of a series of miracles in our readings for today, Fr. Mike focuses on our Lord’s compassion and our call to be merciful, as he is. He emphasizes the beauty of God’s mercy and his offering of it despite our unworthiness. He also strikes a balance between the goodness of humanity as God’s creation and our brokenness due to original sin. Today’s readings are Luke 6-8 and Proverbs 26:1-3.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 316 – Absolute Surrender

Fr. Mike discusses our call to deny ourselves and take up our cross, specifically focusing on God’s call to renounce all that is ours and trust in him. He also highlights the story of Mary and Martha and encourages us not to allow the cares of life to choke the life of God out of our lives as Martha allowed her troubles and anxieties to do. Today’s readings are from Luke 9-10 and Proverbs 26:4-6.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 317 – Persistence in Prayer

Fr. Mike reflects on the goodness and providence of God the Father, emphasizing how Jesus calls us to be shamelessly persistent in prayer. Fr. Mike also explains two difficult passages found in today’s readings: what Jesus means when he tells the story of an unclean spirit who is cast out only to return, and what Jesus means when he says he comes not to bring peace but division. Today’s readings are Luke 11-12 and Proverbs 26:7-9.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 318 – The Narrow Gate, Lost Sheep, and Prodigal Son 

Fr. Mike confronts the hard truth Jesus preaches in today’s readings: Many people will ultimately choose hell over heaven. While this can be deeply distressing, Fr. Mike reminds us to focus on Jesus’s directive to each one of us: “[You] Strive to enter through the narrow gate.” In the second part of today’s commentary, Fr. Mike reflects on two of Jesus’ most well-known parables: the parable of the Lost Sheep and the parable of the Prodigal Son. Today’s readings are Luke 13-16 and Proverbs 26:10-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 319 – Come, Follow Me

Fr. Mike compares the story of the rich young man to the story of Zacchaeus, highlighting the difference in their willingness to follow Christ with their whole hearts. Looking at the stories of these young men, Fr. Mike invites us to reflect on our willingness to follow Christ with all that we are and all that we have. Today we read Luke 17-19 and Proverbs 26:13-16.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 320 – Peter’s Denial Foretold

As we draw near to the end of the Gospel of Luke, Fr. Mike briefly expands on the story of the poor widow’s offering, emphasizing that the Lord cares more about the size of our hearts than about the size of our gifts. Fr. Mike also underscores Jesus’ moving words to Peter when he foretells Peter’s denial. Jesus’ words remind us that no matter how fiercely the enemy tries to attack us, he is always praying for each and every one of us. Today’s readings are Luke 20-22:38 and Proverbs 26:17-19.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 321 – Jesus’ Prayer in the Garden

Fr. Mike highlights how Jesus didn’t pray in order get something from God, he prayed in order to be close to God. He also points to Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane as a perfect example of how we should pray with honesty and trust. Lastly, Fr. Mike provides insights on the significance of the walk to Emmaus and Jesus’ last words on the cross. The readings are Luke 22:39-24 and Proverbs 26:20-23.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 322 – The Ascension

Today, we begin the age of the church, transitioning from the Gospel of Luke to the beginning of the book of Acts. Fr. Mike draws our attention to the Ascension of Jesus and encourages us to respond to Christ’s call to participate in his mission. He invites us to be part of his story and not be ashamed of the Gospel. Today’s readings are Acts 1, Romans 1, and Proverbs 26:24-26.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 323 – Pentecost

Fr. Mike shares the powerful story of the Holy Spirit coming upon the apostles in the upper room. He emphasizes how God calls us to go out into the world with his Spirit and live in community and with devotion to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the Eucharist, and prayer just like the first Christians. Today’s readings are Acts 2, Romans 2-3, and Proverbs 26:27-28.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 325 – Boldness in Faith

Fr. Mike highlights the boldness of Peter and John in our reading from Acts as they stand before the council of church leaders and defend the name of Jesus. He also addresses Paul’s writings on God’s grace given to us in our sinfulness and the war between good and evil present within ourselves. Today’s readings are Acts 4, Romans 6-7, and Proverbs 27:4-6.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 327 – Origin of the Diaconate

Fr. Mike draws our attention to the cultural division present in the early Church and the origin of the ordination to the diaconate. He also discusses Paul’s frustration with those who didn’t recognize Jesus as the Christ and offers consolation to those who experience this in the hearts and minds of those close to them, as Paul did. Today’s readings are Acts 6, Romans 9-10, and Proverbs 27:10-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 328 – Stephen Is Martyred

Fr. Mike reflects on Stephen’s heroic martyrdom and points out how those around him refused to hear him and hardened their hearts, something we too can do with the Word of God. In the book of Romans, Fr. Mike also highlights the importance of offering our bodies as a living sacrifice, responding to the call to love and to not be conformed to this world, and remembering that Christians have been grafted onto the tree of Israel. Today we read Acts 7, Romans 11-12, and Proverbs 27:13-14.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 329 – The Ethiopian Eunuch

Fr. Mike focuses on the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch and how it demonstrates the importance of having guidance when reading Scripture. Although God’s Word is infallible, we can easily misunderstand it without proper interpretation, which is why we have the Magisterium of the Church. Lastly, Fr. Mike also touches on the role of persecution in the life of the Church, and St. Paul’s encouragement to abide by the law of love. Today we read Acts 8, Romans 13-14, and Proverbs 27:15-17.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 330 – Saul’s Conversion

Fr. Mike breaks down Saul’s miraculous conversion, explaining the significance of Jesus sending Ananias to heal Saul, and how it reveals that Jesus works through his Church just as powerfully as he worked through the incarnation. Fr. Mike also reminds us that if we belong to the Lord, we will have to participate in his suffering. Lastly, as we conclude St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, Fr. Mike leaves us with the exhortation that the Gospel advances primarily through family and friendship. Today’s readings are Acts 9, Romans 15-16, and Proverbs 27:18-20.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 331 – Peter Preaches to the Gentiles

In today’s reading from Acts, the Holy Spirit guides Peter to initiate ministry to the Gentiles, beginning with the family of Cornelius, a Roman centurion. Upon hearing Peter preach, Cornelius’ entire household receive the Holy Spirit and are baptized. Commenting on today’s second reading from 1 Corinthians, Fr. Mike reminds us to pursue Christian unity and avoid the dissension and infighting we see in the Church of Corinth. Today’s readings are Acts 10, 1 Corinthians 1-2, Proverbs 27:21-22.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 332 – Barnabas and Paul’s Mission

Fr. Mike begins by explaining the confusion experienced by the early Christians as they struggled to integrate the Gentiles into the Church. We also hear more about Barnabas, missionary companion of St. Paul, who was named by God as the “Son of Encouragement.” Lastly, Fr. Mike delves into the history surrounding paganism and hedonism in pre-Christian Corinth and the need to encourage the Greeks to leave their old ways of worship. Today’s readings are Acts 11, 1 Corinthians 3-4, Proverbs 27:23-27.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 333 – Peter Is Rescued from Prison

Today begins with Acts 12 and the miraculous rescue of Peter from prison by an angel. Reflecting on this story, Fr. Mike helps us grapple with the mysterious reality that we are each called to say “Yes” to God’s destination for us, even when we might not know the way. Lastly, Fr. Mike delves into St. Paul’s hard teachings to the Corinthians on sexuality morality and excommunication. Today’s readings are Acts 12, 1 Corinthians 5-6, and Proverbs 28:1-3.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 335 – Run the Race

As we continue to follow the missions of Paul and Barnabas, Fr. Mike highlights the fickle nature of humanity and the futility of striving for the praise of men. He also encourages us to remain courageous in the tribulations we face, finding strength in other believers, and running toward the eternal and imperishable goal of salvation. Today’s readings are Acts 14, 1 Corinthians 9-10, and Proverbs 28:7-9.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 336 – The Council at Jerusalem

Fr. Mike walks us through the Church’s first council in Acts 15 and highlights the importance of the Church’s authority in the question of circumcision for Gentile converts. He also draws our attention to Paul’s treatment of God the Father and God the Son as equal but not the same. This sheds light on Paul’s conversation about head coverings for women in our reading from 1 Corinthians and reassures female believers about their roles in marriage and the Church. Today’s readings are Acts 15, 1 Corinthians 11-12, Proverbs 28:10-12.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 337 – The Importance of Love

Fr. Mike unpacks the events in Acts 16, describing Paul’s trust in the Lord as God frees him from prison. He connects St. Paul’s conversation about spiritual gifts to the well-known “love” chapter in 1 Corinthians, explaining how love and donation of self gives purpose to the spiritual gifts. Today’s readings are Acts 16, 1 Corinthians 13-14, and Proverbs 28:13-15.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 338 – Death Defeated

As we continue along the path of our forefathers in faith, Fr. Mike reminds us that we live in the same era as the Apostles and have the same Holy Spirit. Just like St. Paul stood out by imitating Jesus and sharing the Gospel, we are called to do the same. Fr. Mike also discusses our duality as both body and soul as it relates to Christ’s resurrection. Today’s readings are Acts 17, 1 Corinthians 15, and Proverbs 28:16-18.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 339 – Priscilla and Aquila

Fr. Mike reminds us that God uses crooked lines to make a straight story, like Paul’s witness to Priscilla and Aquila as they encounter the person of Christ and become missionaries. Just like Apollos accepted correction, Fr. Mike invites us to courageously open ourselves up to learning and growing. Today’s readings are Acts 18, 1 Corinthians 16, and Proverbs 28:19-21.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 340 – The Power of the Holy Spirit

Fr. Mike emphasizes the power of the Holy Spirit exemplified in Paul’s interaction with those in Ephesus in Acts 19 and reminds us that God wants to fill each of us with the same Holy Spirit so we can walk in his strength. Fr. Mike also highlights the power of sacramentals, the reality of demons acknowledging Jesus, and the importance of removing things in our lives that are harmful. Lastly, as we begin reading the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, we get a glimpse of Paul’s heart for the people of Corinth. Today’s readings are Acts 19, 2 Corinthians 1-2, and Proverbs 28:22-24.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 341 – Eternal Weight of Glory

In our reading of Acts 20, Fr. Mike reflects on the healing of Eutychus, Paul’s willingness to suffer for the sake of the Gospel, and Paul’s tender affection for the people he ministered to. In 2 Corinthians, Fr. Mike also highlights Paul’s encouragement to hold onto the hope of beholding the glory of God with unveiled faces and to persevere in our afflictions as they prepare for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. Today’s readings are Acts 20, 2 Corinthians 3-5, and Proverbs 28:25-28.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 342 – Generous Hearts

Fr. Mike comments on the growing divide between Judaism and Christianity that Paul experiences on mission in Acts 21. In 2 Corinthians, Fr. Mike explains the difference between Godly grief that brings us to repentance, and worldly grief that leads us to destruction. We also learn about the importance of imitating the generosity of Christ. Today’s readings are Acts 21, 2 Corinthians 6-8, and Proverbs 29:1-4.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 343 – God Uses Paul’s Past

In Acts 22, Paul’s testimony falls on hostile Roman ears, and he narrowly escapes scourging by way of his Roman citizenship. Reflecting on this incident, Fr. Mike reminds us that God uses Paul’s past to further his ministry, and that God does the same with each of us, today. Commenting on today’s readings from 2 Corinthians, Fr. Mike highlights that we are called to be cheerful givers and disciplined thinkers. He also points out that, as Paul reminds us, the most important ministry credential is to be called by God and equipped by his grace. Today’s readings are Acts 22, 2 Corinthians 9-11, and Proverbs 29:5-7.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 344 – The Thorn in Paul’s Side

Fr. Mike recaps Paul’s trial before the chief priests and the plot to kill him in Acts 23. As we conclude 2 Corinthians today, Fr. Mike reflects on the thorn in Paul’s side, a weakness that he struggled with and begged God to take away. Fr. Mike invites us to reflect on our own thorn that God doesn’t seem to take away, and to remember that God’s grace is sufficient for us. Today’s readings are Acts 23, 2 Corinthians 12-13, and Proverbs 29:8-11.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 345 – One in Christ

In Acts 24, Fr. Mike notes how Felix remained unmoved by Paul’s teaching despite being compelled by it initially, showing us that unless we act on what we believe, there is no change. As we begin reading St.Paul’s letter to the Galatians today, Fr. Mike highlights Paul’s explanation of the role of Jewish law in the Age of the Church, clarifying that through baptism, we are all one in Christ and heirs to the promises of the Father regardless of our backgrounds.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 346 – Fruits of the Spirit

Fr. Mike reminds us of the context of Galatians and reiterates Paul’s admonition not to revert to our previous ways of life now that we have been freed from the yoke of slavery. He also discusses the works of the flesh which separate us from Christ and the fruits of the spirit which result from a life lived in God, reminding us that we will reap what we sow in due season. Today’s readings are Acts 25, Galatians 4-6, and Proverbs 29:15-17.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 348 – Rules for the New Life

Fr. Mike highlights a secret to holiness visible in Paul’s ability to see his arduous trip to Rome as the will of God. He also clears up confusion in regards to Paul’s direction for wives to be subject to their husbands, again drawing our attention to our call to love and serve while being subject to each other out of reverence for Christ. Today’s readings are Acts 27, Ephesians 4-6, and Proverbs 29:22-24.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 352 – Purified by Fire

As we begin reading 1 Peter today, Fr. Mike walks us through Peter’s powerful message about persevering in trials, trusting that those sufferings purify our love and faith by teaching us to love God for his own sake and not just the gifts he blesses us with. Finally, as we wrap up Colossians, Fr. Mike highlights St. Paul’s call to uphold the obligations we have to others in society, in our family, and in our work. Today we read 1 Peter 1-2, Colossians 3-4, and Proverbs 30:10-14.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 353 – Sharing the Gospel 

Fr. Mike shares how verse 1 Peter 3:15 about being ready to give a reason for the faith that is within us has been one of the most influential Bible verses for him. As we start reading 1 Thessalonians today, Fr. Mike also highlights how Paul is encouraged by the faith of the Thessalonians and stresses the importance of not only sharing the gospel but also sharing our very selves. Today’s readings are 1 Peter 3-5, 1 Thessalonians 1-3, and Proverbs 30:15-16.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 354 – Partakers of the Divine Nature

Fr. Mike reflects on the powerful reality that the sacrament of Baptism makes us partakers of God’s Divine nature, fundamentally changing us into beloved sons and daughters of God the Father. He also highlights how the second coming of Christ will come like a thief in the night, how Christians grieve with hope, and how we have to test the prophecies we hear from seers. Today’s readings are 2 Peter 1-3, 1 Thessalonians 4-5, and Proverbs 30:17-19.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 357 – Truth and Love

Fr. Mike emphasizes that Christian love isn’t just about feelings—it’s about living in God’s truth by obeying his commandments. Fr. Mike also explains the context for St. Paul’s words to St. Timothy about asceticism and caring for widows, and he ends today’s reflection by encouraging us to keep fighting the good fight of faith. Today’s readings are 2 John, 3 John; 1 Timothy 4-6; Proverbs 30:29-33.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 359 – John’s Apocalypse

As we begin reading from Revelation, Fr. Mike makes us aware of the symbolism found throughout this apocalyptic book and highlights its goal of strengthening the Church through the worship that happens at Mass. He also encourages us to find strength in God when facing challenges, just as Paul did. Today’s readings are Revelation 1-3, 2 Timothy 3-4, and Proverbs 31:8-9.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 362 – The Woman Clothed with the Sun

Fr. Mike continues to interpret the symbols within Revelation. He compares story of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the woman in Revelation. Fr. Mike provides context to the letter to the Hebrews, a letter that makes the case for Jesus, explaining who he is and the beauty of what he did for us. Today’s readings are Revelation 12-14, Hebrews 1-4, and Proverbs 31:16-18.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 363 – The New Covenant Priesthood

Fr. Mike draws a parallel between the symbols in the book of Revelation and the persecution by the Roman empire of the first Christians and encourages us to hold firm in our faith. Additionally, Fr. Mike reveals the beauty of the new covenant priesthood established by Jesus and explained in Hebrews. Today’s readings are Revelation 15-17, Hebrews 5-8, and Proverbs 31:23-25.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 364 – Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

Fr. Mike dives into the fall of Babylon described in Revelation 18, pointing out how several images and expressions of this key chapter are taken from the judgmental oracles in the old testament, particularly those from the prophet Jeremiah. Fr. Mike also emphasizes the reality of God’s judgment, the resurrection of the dead, and how Christ’s sacrifice is presented to God in the heavenly sanctuary once and for all. Today we read Revelation 18-20, Hebrews 9-10, and Proverbs 31:26-29.

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The Bible in a Year – Day 365 – The Beginning and the End

Congratulations, you have made it to the last day of the Bible in a Year journey! Fr. Mike concludes our journey through the Bible by reflecting on the promise of a new heaven and a new earth in Revelation 21. It is this profound promise that reassures us that Christ is the beginning and the end, the one who makes all things new, the one who wipes away every tear, the one who conquers death, and the only one who offers us everlasting life, a life without end. Today’s readings are Revelation 21-22, Hebrews 11-13, and Proverbs 31:30-31.

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Saint of the Day – August 30 – Saint Fiacre

St. Fiacre (d. 670 A.D.) was born in Ireland and was raised from childhood in an Irish monastery. There he grew in knowledge as well as holiness, and became a priest. He retired to a hermitage to live in prayer and solitude, but men began to flock to him to imitate his way of life and become his disciples. To escape them, Fiacre left Ireland to establish a new hermitage in France. He went to the bishop and asked for land to plant a garden to grow food as well as herbs for medicinal healing, a science which he studied in the monastery. The bishop agreed to give Fiacre as much land as he could entrench. Fiacre picked a plot of land and walked around its perimeter, dragging his shovel behind him. Wherever his spade touched the ground, the land was miraculously cleared and the soil became entrenched. St. Fiacre lived a life of great mortification in prayer, fasting, vigils, and manual labor in his garden. Disciples gathered around him again, and soon formed a monastery. St. Fiacre then built an oratory in honor of the Virgin Mary, a hospice in which he received strangers, and a cell for his own dwelling. His fame for performing miracles became widespread, and his garden became a place of pilgrimage for centuries for those seeking healing. St. Fiacre is best known as the patron of gardeners, florists, and cab drivers. His feast day is August 30th.

St. Fiacre, pray for us!

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Saint of the Day – August 29 – Saint Sabina of Rome

St. Sabina (d. 126 A.D.) was a wealthy Roman noblewoman, a widow and the daughter of Herod Metallarius. She was converted to Christianity by her virtuous female slave, St. Serapia, a devout Christian from Antioch who entered into voluntary slavery with Sabina after forsaking marriage and consecrating herself to Christ. Following her conversion, St. Sabina’s home became a secret meeting place for Christians where the sacraments were celebrated. St. Serapia was discovered to be a Christian and was burned alive and beheaded. St. Sabina recovered Serapia’s body and buried it in a tomb. Within the same year St. Sabina was also killed for her faith and buried alongside Serapia. After Christianity was legalized in the 5th century, a basilica was built over St. Sabina’s home on Aventine Hill. Originally dedicated to both saints, it is known today as Santa Sabina, one of Rome’s most ancient churches. St. Sabina’s feast day is August 29th.

St. Sabina of Rome, pray for us!

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