Homilies preached by Fr. Michael Schmitz, Chaplain for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Catholic Campus Ministry.
09/20/20 How Do I Look? Highlighter
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. It doesn’t matter how long you live. What matters is how you live. Our lives will magnify (or highlight) something. Will they be so full of nice things that they will miss the most excellent things? Or will we be wise so that, no matter the outcome, Christ will be highlighted? Mass Readings from September 20, 2020: Isaiah 55:6-9 Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 Philippians 1:20-24, 27 Matthew 20:1-16 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/how-do-i-look_-highlighter.pdf"
09/13/20 How Do I Look? The Cost of Forgiveness
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. There is no forgiveness without justice. Forgiveness is neither excusing nor enabling evil. There is always a debt that needs to be paid…and somebody needs to pay it. Mass Readings from September 13, 2020: Sirach 27:30—28:7 Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 Romans 14:7-9 Matthew 18:21-35 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/how-do-i-look-the-cost-of-forgiveness.pdf
09/06/20 How Do I Look? Fighting For
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. How do Christians fight? We all have experienced the temptation to see someone who has failed or someone who has hurt us as a non-person. But taking responsibility for the people in our lives means fighting that temptation. And it means doing what we can to fight for that person. Mass Readings from September 06, 2020: Ezekiel 33:7-9 Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/how-do-i-look-fighting-for.pdf
08/30/20 How Do I Look? "Lucky"
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Am I being conformed or transformed? Christians must not only live differently in the world, we must look differently at the world. Mass Readings from August 30, 2020: Jeremiah 20:7-9 Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9 Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 16:21-27 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/how-do-i-look-lucky.pdf
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Church has influence even when it isn’t considered important. We can often confuse influence with importance; authority with power. But the Church has been given the very influence and authority of Jesus Christ. Even when the world does not listen to the voice of the Church, She still has the influence and authority of Jesus. Mass Readings from August 23, 2020: Isaiah 22:19-23 Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8 Romans 11:33-36 Matthew 16:13-20
08/16/20 Great Faith
Homily from the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Faith can only become great when it is tested. What kind of faith do you want? Faith that makes a difference because it is lived out is the only kind of faith that matters. Mass Readings from August 16, 2020: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 ÷,.
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I have really enjoyed and spiritually benefited from these homilies over the years, but for the past month I have been unable to. In the homily aired July 6th, Fr Mike said something so disgusting in his homily - that “any monkey with a wrench” can take down a statue. I understand that the issue of taking down statues in the wake of George Floyd’s death is controversial. Fr Mike has made his opinion on the matter known, as he is free to do. But the phrase he used to drive his point home was inexcusably racist. The word “monkey” has long been used as a slur against Black people and I am appalled that Fr. Mike would employ this rhetoric, and during Holy Mass. I do hope a sincere apology will be made.