Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 8, 2021 / 17:02 pm
A Catholic podcast featuring a priest reading and analyzing the Bible has been at the top of the Apple Podcast charts since Jan. 2, ahead of secular podcasts produced by such organizations as The New York Times, NBC News, and NPR.
"The Bible in a Year (With Fr. Mike Schmitz)," produced by Ascension Catholic Faith Formation, part of Ascension Press, features episodes containing two to three scriptural readings, a reflection on those readings by Fr. Mike Schmitz, and a prayer. Each episode is about 15 to 25 minutes long, and a new episode is set to be released each day of 2021.
Instead of reading the Bible from cover to cover, the podcast follows "The Great Adventure Bible Timeline," which was developed by Jeff Cavins. Schmitz, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, told CNA that this approach, which centers on "14 critical narrative books" interspersed with the remaining non-narrative books, helps to maintain the story structure of salvation history.
"A lot of times, what derails people is when they're reading the story of Genesis and Exodus and Numbers, and all of a sudden they read Leviticus and like, 'wait, I lost the story now,'" Schmitz told CNA in a Jan. 7 interview.