Day 365: The Beginning and the End

Revelation 21:1-27 All of creation is renewed and the Bride of Christ—the Church, the New Jerusalem— is presented at the wedding feast of the Lamb. The Kingdom of God ushered in by the Messiah has now reached completion and full perfection. The Kingdom of God in our present age has begun but remains in a state of growth and transformation until the end of time. The twelve gates and twelve foundations of this holy city represent the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the Twelve Apostles, indicating continuity between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. In an anagogical sense, the Church on earth is a type, or figure, of its definitive homeland, the New Jerusalem of Heaven. (CCC 117, 756-757, 1042-1048, 1090)

Ch 21:2-4 The New Jerusalem descends from the sky, a place of splendor and perfection where the blessed will behold God face to face in the Beatific Vision. These verses provide a glimpse of the state of eternal glory that will be enjoyed in Heaven. (CCC 770-771, 1044-1045, 1186, 2016, 2676)

Ch 21:6 Alpha and the Omega: These first and last letters of the Greek alphabet are a metaphor for God's eternity, stressing that he is the creator of the universe and the ultimate purpose of all creation, especially of the human person. (CCC 1044-1045, 1137)

Ch 21:7 He shall be my son: Through Christ's Redemption, we are all elevated to the status of a son or daughter of God. (CCC 460, 857, 1045, 1138, 2788-2793)

Ch 21:16 The Holy of Holies in the Temple was a cube-shaped room. The angel's measurement of the New Jerusalem reveals that it, too, is cubic. Because the entire city is the dwelling place of God, no Temple or Holy of Holies is necessary. In Heaven, God will be immediately present to the faithful at all times. (CCC 433, 600)

Ch 22:1-5 The new Heaven and new earth is a return to the innocence of the first creation, with the Tree of Life as a source of healing. The curse of Adam and Eve is no more, and the threat of sin and evil is nonexistent. The communion of the faithful with God has been perfected. (CCC 1137)

Ch 22:4 They shall see his face: The greatest reward and happiness that goes beyond human comprehension will consist in the Beatific Vision, seeing God face to face. (CCC 1023-1029)

Ch 22:6-15 Revelation is a prophetic work in keeping with the Jewish tradition. It is above all a call to repentance and to perseverance to be prepared for "what must soon take place." (CCC 528, 1470, 2084, 2095-2097)

Ch 22:16-21 We pray in the Nicene Creed, "I look forward to the resurrection of the dead / and the life of the world to come"; the Church on earth, led by the Holy Spirit, is on a journey toward the perfection of the Kingdom of God and the fulfillment of her mission. The essential message of Revelation is to persevere in fidelity and constant struggle for holiness as all the faithful long to see Christ when he comes again. (CCC 524, 671, 757, 2016-2819, 2550)

22:20-21 Christ promised he will come "soon"; until that day, we are called to seek holiness and growth in virtue to be ready to meet him when he comes—strong in faith, fervent in hope, and limitless in our love for God and neighbor. (CCC 451, 1061-1065, 1130, 1402-1403, 2853)

Hebrews 11:1-22 Faith involves trust and confidence in God's word even if it cannot be verified by our human senses and reasoning. The virtue of hope springs from this combination of faith and confidence. Faith is fundamental to salvation since it requires faith to truly please God and to have a personal relationship with him. The Church recognizes, however, that those who do not know of Christ or the Gospel through no fault of their own can be saved if they seek God, desire to do his will, and follow their consciences the best they can. (CCC 46, 847-848, 1814-1816)

Ch 11:1 Things not seen: We cannot see God directly as he is, face-to-face, but by faith we know God and, therefore, have a personal relationship with him. Faith is a belief in something not perceptible by the physical senses. This is described in the hymn Pange Lingua, which speaks of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: "Faith for all defects supplying / where the feeble senses fail." (CCC 146-147)

Ch 11:3 True "creation" is to bring something into existence out of nothing. By this definition, a carpenter does not create a table; rather, he builds a table using wood and nails that existed before his work began. God, however, created the universe out of nothing through his Word, God the Son. (CCC 286)

Ch 11:4-7 Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Many of the faithful who lived before the Flood were exemplars of trust and faith in God. The faith and holiness of Enoch, who was assumed into Heaven (as was the prophet Elijah), prefigures that of Mary, a model of faith, who was also assumed into Heaven. (CCC 145, 161, 848, 966, 2569)

Ch 11:8-22 Abraham and other figures of the patriarchal era of Israel exhibited great faith in God's promises even though they would die before they would ever see these promises fulfilled. They accepted their vocation and trials in this life as they eagerly looked forward to the coming Messiah of God's promise. Christians live in hope of extending to many others the Good News of the Gospel and reaching eternal life. (CCC 144-145, 2570-2571)

Ch 11:19 God told Abraham to offer up his own son in sacrifice as a test of his obedience. Abraham obeyed, and the angel of God stopped him before the sacrifice took place (cf. Gn 22:1-20). This happened on the third day after God had given his command. Isaac is a type (TYPOLOGY!!), or figure, of Christ, the Son who would be offered in Sacrifice; the third day prefigures Christ's Resurrection. Through their painful trial, Abraham's faith and trust in God never wavered. (CCC 2572)

Ch 11:23-40 The story of Moses prefigures the Redemption of Christ. Just as the Israelites were freed through the blood of a spotless lamb, we are saved through the Blood of Christ, the spotless Lamb of God. The Israelites wandered the desert for forty years before they could enter the Promised Land; we sojourn on earth as we await the fulfillment of the promise of eternal life. Like the Israelites, it is our challenge to remain faithful despite whatever sufferings or setbacks we experience along the way. (CCC 147, 1521)

Ch 11:32-38 The list of martyrdoms and near-martyrdoms here may relate to several episodes found in Scripture.

Stopped the mouths of lions: This might refer to Daniel, who survived a night in the lion's den (cf. Dn 6:16-24).

Quenched raging fire: This calls to mind the three young men who were unharmed in the furnace (cf. Dn 3:23-27).

Tortured, refusing to accept release: The woman and her seven sons in the second book of Maccabees suffered terribly at the hands of the pagan Seleucid king Antiochus (cf. 2 Mc 7).

Sawn in two: This describes the torturous death suffered by the prophet Isaiah, according to Jewish tradition. (CCC 2473, 2506)

Ch 12:1-11 Christ presents the ultimate example of patience and persevering fidelity to the will of his Father through his sufferings and Death on the Cross. He traveled to Jerusalem willingly, knowing that he would be arrested and crucified. In our present condition, suffering and struggle are inevitable, and temptations and difficulties will always accompany us. With prayer, discipline, and the grace of Christ, however, we can overcome these obstacles and, at the same time, grow in holiness. (CCC 569, 598)

Ch 12:1-2 Cloud of witnesses: The faithful figures from history who have gone before us serve as a marvelous example of fidelity. The Communion of Saints in significant part includes the powerful intercession of the saints in Heaven. All the faithful, living or dead, are united in Christ. The sacred images of the saints in our churches and homes call to mind the importance of holiness for the whole Church and for ourselves personally.

Every weight: To carry a burden while running slows the runner. As we run toward eternal life, we must drop any burden that hampers our growth in holiness such as sinful habits and excessive and inordinate attachments. (CCC 147, 165, 1159-1162, 1477, 2683)

Ch 12:5-6 A good parent disciplines his or her children out of love in an effort to form the children properly. In like manner, God allows trials in our lives so that our faith and virtues may increasingly mature (cf. Prv 3:11-12). (CCC 270, 1709, 2009, 2223, 2520)

Ch 12:8 Illegitimate children: Under Roman law of the time, legitimation of newborn children did not follow birth automatically. A positive action by the father was needed. Therefore, children who were not recognized by their father had no legal claim on their father's inheritance.

Ch 12:12-29 The Old Law taught us to do God's will out of duty and fear; the New Law invites us to do God's will out of love. We honor and glorify God by leading virtuous lives and striving to imitate Christ in all aspects of our lives. (CCC 2012)

Ch 12:12-17 Despite hardships and challenge, the faithful must persevere in living the virtues required for sanctity, the ultimate goal— unlike Esau, the firstborn of Isaac, who gave up his inheritance in a weak moment to his brother Jacob for a temporary and fleeting pleasure. Everyone, until they depart this life, runs the risk of being unfaithful to their call to Heaven. (CCC 162, 1821, 2013-2016)

Ch 12:22-24 An image of the heavenly liturgy. In contrast to the theophanies of God at Mt. Sinai that so terrified the Israelites, the heavenly liturgy of the New Covenant in which the faithful participate at every Eucharist—is one of celebration and unity. Our weekly participation in the Mass is so vital to our spiritual lives that it is a Precept of the Church.

Speaks more graciously: Abel's murder put Cain in danger of death by retaliation (cf. Gn 4:8-16), but the Death of Christ results in forgiveness of sins and salvation. (CCC 1021, 1111, 2188)

Ch 13:1-6 Hospitality, works of mercy, respect for the sanctity of marriage, detachment from worldly goods, and trust in divine providence are among the attitudes and practices that reflect a solid commitment to Christ. (CCC 2179, 2447-2448)

Ch 13:2 Several figures of the Old Testament welcomed angelic visitors without being aware of their identity. These include Abraham, who took in strangers at his tent (cf. Gn 18:1-21); Lot, who protected an angel from the townspeople of Sodom (cf. Gn 19:1-3); Gideon, who received encouragement from an angel (cf. Jgs 6:11-24); and Tobias, who was safeguarded in his travels by an angel (cf. Tb 5:4-9). The Church commemorates the angels and their work in her liturgy and her liturgical calendar. (CCC 328, 331-336)

Ch 13:3 Visiting the imprisoned is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Christ included it in the Parable of the Last Judgment (cf. Mt 25). (CCC 2447)

Ch 13:4 All sexual acts outside of the marriage covenant are inherently sinful. These sins include adultery, fornication, homosexual acts, masturbation, and other immoral acts involving the misuse of sexual faculties. (CCC 2351-2365, 2380-2381, 2387-2389)

Ch 13:7-19 Christ and his message are unchanging. The eternal truths that he revealed were for all people of all times. We were not made for this world but for the next world; therefore, we must persevere in faith, continuing to praise God in all that we say and do in a "sacrifice of praise." Prayer, good works, sharing our goods with the needy, and obedience to Church authority are key ways to please God. (CCC 1269, 1802, 2032-2040, 2044)

Ch 13:10 Read in light of an earlier reference to how we approach God and enter his sanctuary "by the blood of Jesus" and "through his flesh," this is likely a reference to the Eucharist, which involves partaking in the true Body and Blood of Christ. The altar of the New Covenant is the Cross of Christ, where his Body and Blood were sacrificed, but it may also refer to the altar where the Eucharist was celebrated. (CCC 1182)

Ch 13:14-15 The city which is to come: This is Heaven, which is the New Jerusalem.

Sacrifice of praise: The celebration of the Eucharist, the Mass, is a perfect Sacrifice that surpasses all the sacrifices of the Old Testament. (CCC 1330, 2796)

Ch 13:20-25 Timothy, one of Paul's co-workers, was the addressee of two Epistles in the New Testament. This is the only reference in the New Testament to Timothy having been imprisoned.

Saints: The faithful on earth, the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and the blessed in Heaven, are all called saints, which means "holy ones." These three states represent the Communion of Saints. (CCC 632, 946-948)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Key Event 70: The Second Coming of Christ

The first coming of Christ was for the salvation of the world, in order that those who believe in him "should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16). Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead (2 Tim 4:1) according to their works (Rom 2:6-11). This will happen at an unexpected time (Mt 24:36-51). Thus, Christians are encouraged to be watchful (Mk 13:32-37). At that time, God will establish a new heaven and a new earth where he will eternally dwell with all the redeemed, where there is no pain, sorrow, or mourning (Rev 21:1-8).

  • It is DAY 365!!


  • It’s been an INCREDIBLE WALK through the Bible

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  • Ok…

  • So…

  • THIS IS IT!!

  • One thing to highlight about the end of Revelation and the end of The Letter to the Hebrews and the end of our journey THIS YEAR…

  • The New Heavens and The New Earth

  • God restores EVERYTHING

  • God restores HEARTS

  • We heard yesterday that we are judged by what we have done on the earth

  • Of course God’s grace allows us ACCESS to WALK IN FAITH and to be able to do GOOD

  • We have to CHOOSE to do that

  • God WANTS us to do that

  • Revelation 21:6-7, “...I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water without price from the fountain of the water of life. He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.”


  • He will NEVER EVER stop loving you

  • His plan for you is this…

  • Revelation 21:3-4, “...’Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

  • Over the last 365 DAYS…

  • Over the last YEAR…

  • You have experienced death

  • You have experienced loss

  • You have lost siblings

  • You have lost parents

  • You have lost children

  • You have lost your own children

  • Your spouses

  • And in this time God has been speaking to you THIS WHOLE TIME

  • He did NOT abandon you in the midst of this suffering

  • He will NEVER abandon you in the midst of suffering

  • It was in the midst of LOSS that he kept speaking to you




  • John is looking up into heaven

  • Revelation 21:22-23, “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light…”

  • God TRULY has not abandoned you

  • God has NOT forsaken you

  • He has been speaking with you THROUGH THIS ENTIRE YEAR

  • And this year may be the first year you ever LISTENED every day


  • And were not afraid to take him with you INTO THE SUFFERING

  • And were not afraid to continue to listen to him IN THE MIDST OF PAIN

  • And you didn’t walk ALONE

  • This is the incredible WORD in Letter to the Hebrews

  • One of Fr. Mike’s favorite chapters is the beginning of Ch 12

  • After the author talks about the faith of Moses and Abraham and Isaac and Israel’s other heroes

  • Then he gives the example of Jesus in Ch 12

  • Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…”


  • Hebrews 12:1-2, “...let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…”

  • You have been RUNNING

  • You haven’t done it ALONE


  • This COMMUNITY that has been RACING with you



  • Every time Fr. Mike asks for prayers, YOU HAVE BEEN PRAYING!!

  • Every time someone has been praying FOR YOU

  • IN FACT…

  • Not just someone

  • BUT…




  • There have been brothers and sisters in the Lord

  • At different places in our faith

  • Right?

  • Different places of knowing him or not knowing him

  • Different places of doing well or failing and falling

  • These brothers and sisters HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU

  • And they are RUNNING NEXT TO YOU





  • So what do we do?

  • Hebrews 12:2, “...Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus…”


  • OH MY GOSH!!




  • Remember when Peter stepped out of the boat?

  • The moment he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the wind and the waves and he began to sink

  • Hebrews 12:1-3, “...Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

  • My brothers and sisters, this is the FIRST TRIP AROUND THE SUN




  • Hebrews 12:4, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”



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  • Ok now here’s the last thing…

  • (deep breath)

  • Fr. Mike is really bad at goodbyes

  • He thinks a lot about this with his students when it’s their time to leave campus

  • He’s been thinking and praying a lot about what he would say on DAY 365

  • He realized why he is bad at goodbyes

  • It’s not because he feels awkward

  • It’s not because he wants to escape the moment

  • It’s more because he doesn’t have words to honor this moment

  • He d…(ok I’m starting to tear up now….ugh…😢)...doesn’t have words to honor you

  • He doesn’t have the words that can honor what God has done in HIS life over this last year and being able to walk with you

  • He doesn’t have the words that can capture that

  • So…

  • He’s not sure exactly how to end this…

  • Maybe he’s not good at goodbyes

  • It’s NOT because he doesn’t care


  • This last year, YOU and God’s Word have meant EVERYTHING

  • Fr. Mike is so grateful for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU





  • He doesn’t have words that can capture the weight of how much YOU have meant to him

  • How much THIS has meant to him

  • He doesn’t know how to say goodbye

  • (Ok who started cutting an onion up in here???!!!!😭😭😭)

  • So maybe he’ll just say, “I’m praying for you. Please pray for me.”

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven thank you. Father in Heaven, thank you. Thank you. In Jesus’ name receive our thanks. Amen.”


When I reverted back to my Catholic Faith several years ago, it was because I lost a bet. Funny how God works, isn’t it? I had not been a practicing Catholic for almost 25 years. I only went to Mass on Easter and Christmas to make my parents happy. I even attended protestant churches for a while. My search for meaning even led me to dabble in Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. None of those things felt real to me. All I can tell you is what I experienced. In 2015, I made a bet with a friend from Catholic school regarding our favorite football team, the Washington Redskins. They’ve been a terrible team for so long so I was sure I would win the bet regarding their losing record at the end of the season. Lo and behold, I lost the bet and had to pay up $100. My friend insisted that I keep the money. In lieu of the money, he wanted me to go to Confession. At first, I adamantly refused. I didn’t even believe in it so why bother. But my friend refused to budge. So ok I had to go to Confession. Whatever. I had been many times before and never felt anything about it so this should be easy right? I decided to take it seriously and go. I confessed every single sin I could think of over the last couple of decades. And I do mean EVERY SINGLE SIN. After the priest absolved me, I went to pray my penance. It was at that moment that I felt God speaking to me for the first time in my life. Now, it was not a “voice from Heaven” or something bold like that. It was this intense warmth and squeezing feeling all over my body and inside my heart telling me, “You are EXACTLY where you need to be right now.” I started crying. I’m not a cryer typically. But there I was in the pew crying because I finally realized I was Home. And here’s the thing that made me wonder. WHY did I take it seriously? After all, I didn’t really believe in it. Yes, I’m a Cradle Catholic so I’ve received all the Sacraments save for Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick. So I know what Confession is. But why did I take it so seriously? I had been a lapsed Catholic for almost 25 years. I even quoted and believed all the anti-Catholic tropes you can think of when I was away from the Church. What changed in me? I think you know the answer to that. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “God calls man FIRST.” I’m living proof that’s true. After that experience, I threw myself into learning about our Catholic Faith. Among the many things I learned are the four signs of a Dynamic Catholic (Thank you, Matthew Kelly!!): Prayer, Study, Generosity, and Evangelization. The first three are pretty easy. But I didn’t know how best to go about evangelizing Catholicism. And that’s where The Bible in a Year came in. I knew this podcast was going to be something I listened to religiously, pardon the pun. I love Fr. Mike Schmitz after discovering him on YouTube after that day in Confession. I also knew that he speaks really really really fast and I should probably write down what he says since I wouldn’t be able to remember it all. So I started taking notes in a Google Doc. I shared it to the Facebook Group Page of Ascension Catholic Bible Studies. And that is where I met my partner-in-crime J.J. He first introduced himself by asking if I wanted to turn my notes into a website. Being the somewhat cynical person that I am, I told him no thanks because I thought he was trying to scam me. Thankfully, J.J. listened to the Holy Spirit instead of me and turned my notes into the website you see before you today. I was amazed at his talent and fire for this project. This whole study guide has been a labor of love for me, J.J., Dustin, John, and all the others behind the scenes who support us. I’m truly humbled and in awe of how many people use the study guide to help them with listening to Fr. Mike and The Bible in a Year. I have received countless messages from people all over the world telling me how much the podcast and study guide have impacted their lives. I’ve even had people asking me, a very broken person, for advice regarding their Faith. Thanks to Fr. Mike and Bible in a Year, I learned not only WHAT to say, but even Scripture to back up what my friends needed to hear. Speaking of friends, I have made some new life-long friends from all over the world from New Zealand to Ireland on this journey. I am sure many of you have as well. Wouldn’t it be great one day to meet and have some baklava and pray a Rosary together? If it doesn't happen in this life hopefully we will meet in Eternity. It’s been such a humbling, invigorating experience to be your scribe for 365 DAYS. Wow…I did not realize the endeavor I chose would be something so life affirming. I had so much fun coming up with the song and music video as a thank you to Fr. Mike and everyone at Ascension Presents. They reached out to me during the year to thank me for the effort I put into the notes and study guide. Everyone from Ascension has my eternal eternal gratitude. All I wanted to do was spread our Catholic Faith. There really is no other motive. That is why I always refused to publish the study guide into a book and sell it. There are a multitude of reasons why not. Here’s the most important one. This project was inspired by the Holy Spirit. The notes belong to Him, not me. I happen to be pretty decent at taking organized notes. If they help even ONE person either revert to their Catholic Faith or convert to Catholicism, then it is all because of God. That is why they will ALWAYS be free for anyone who wants to use them. I’m grateful that you all appreciate my sense of humor. I hope you understand I always do it in a respectful way when it comes to our BEAUTIFUL FAITH. Think of all the things we’ve learned! We now have answers to a lot of questions we may have had about Catholicism. Now the question is, “Where do we go from here?” Do you plan on going through The Bible in a Year again? That is awesome! I do too!

BUT…(as Fr. Mike is SO FOND of saying 😉) is there more we could do? I mean Jesus told us to spread the Good News to ALL NATIONS. I’ve spent the past 365 DAYS making this study guide and it’s been the most amazing experience. It is read by 140,000 users in 143 countries all over the WORLD. Do you realize what that means? The Bible in a Year Podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz is being listened to in almost every part of the WORLD!! Our next goal should be to get the podcast to Antarctica. It only makes sense. My Faith is even more on fire for Jesus. And it’s all because I listened to Him when I asked how I could help. Many people have asked me how they could thank me for writing the notes and making the study guide for them to use. I always refused any sort of monetary remuneration. But, I now know what I would like as a sort of “payment.” I would like you to tell at least one person you know who has maybe fallen away from the Faith, or maybe doesn’t believe in God or Christianity, about this Podcast and the Study Guide. Share it with them. Heck, keep sharing it on the Ascension Facebook Group or any other group you are a part of. Share it on your Twitter, Instagram, ummm…YouTube…you know, social media. You know how awesome this year has been. Why WOULDN’T you want to share it? All it took for me to come back to my Faith was losing a bet, something so trivial. Imagine how you could impact someone’s life by sharing The Bible in a Year with them!! Something NOT so trivial! Thank you all for being there for me on this journey with your prayers, Christmas cards, and baklava!! I couldn’t have done this without you.

I’m praying for you…

Please pray for me…

And PLEASE pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, especially for those who have been forgotten and have no one to pray for them...

I can’t WAIT to see you tomorrow!!