Bishop Taylor Homily Library

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Bishop Anthony B. Taylor celebrates Mass across Arkansas and beyond. This library features the homilies delivered from March 2014 to the present. To listen to earlier homilies, please visit the bishop's Homily Archive.

First Sunday of Lent 2017
Published: Sunday, March 5, 2017
One of the purposes of Lent is to put us back in touch with our brothers and sisters who are poor. When we fast, we feel in our own bodies the hunger they wake up with every morning. When we abstain from meat and give up desserts, we experience a little of the same austerity that they live with all the time.
Ash Wednesday 2017
Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
What Jesus is saying is that without private prayer, the public prayer (Mass) becomes routine and eventually can become just for show, meeting your Sunday obligation but without any real conversion of heart to the Lord.
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017
In American law today, the parents are consumers and the child in the womb is a commodity. The parents decide whether to keep the product or send it back (abortion), especially if quality control (amniocentesis) says there are defects. Some will sue for damages if the doctor doesn’t give them a perfect baby.
Marriage Anniversary Mass 2017
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
In any event, if your marriage is truly a sacrament, you should be able to encounter Jesus in your spouse. He brought you together, he kept you together and he has sometimes helped you to carry a cross together.
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Regardless of what we think about someone else’s behavior, our opinion must not get in the way of our love. Sometimes we must condemn the sin we see around us, cry out against injustice, confront bad deeds, but we are never free to condemn the sinner — never free to make it personal.
Confirmation: Fear of the Lord 2017
Published: Sunday, February 12, 2017
(God) has a plan for your life which you will discover if you draw on the gifts you receive today and dedicate yourself to making the doing of his will the number one priority in your life.
Arkansas Catholic Men’s Conference 2017
Published: Saturday, February 4, 2017
One reason eucharistic adoration was so popular among young couples in a parish I served in Oklahoma was that this was just about the only hour of peace and quiet many of these couples got that entire week. It was a time for Jesus to recharge their batteries. It was a time for the Lord to give them insights about how best to parent the little lambs entrusted to their care.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Saturday, February 4, 2017
We are to be the salt of the earth: to preserve and protect and build up our world — both materially and spiritually, within the Church and in society. We do this by proclaiming the Gospel of Life and the intrinsic worth of the human person from the first moment of conception to natural death.
Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal 2017
Published: Thursday, February 2, 2017   
Today I invite you to be salt and light, to do your share in the building of the kingdom of God. We do it in union with Jesus and as members of his body the Church, hence our annual Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal (CASA).
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Many parents fail to discipline their children out of a misguided fear that humbling them will somehow harm their self-esteem, when in fact the opposite is true. Discipline and clear consistent boundaries make children feel secure and give them a solid foundation on which true self-esteem can be built.
Mass for Life 2017
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2017
The right to life is a seamless garment encompassing all of life, from the first moment of conception to natural death, and that any violation of human life and human dignity is contrary to our faith and must be actively opposed.
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017
In other words, that you be pure of heart, patient and understanding. This will make all the difference in the world when dealing with difficulties in your family, at work, in your parish and in the larger community.
Funeral of Father John Michael Payne, OCD
Published: Monday, January 16, 2017
He was human and sincere and that is what made him so dear to me ... and to you. It was also a reflection of his closeness to God. And so it is with faith and confidence that we entrust him to the Lord whose love is everlasting and who has given us the gift of eternal life.
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, January 15, 2017
John’s role was to prepare for Jesus’ first coming … ours is to prepare for his second coming! Meaning that we too must name and condemn the evils of our day, get people — including ourselves — to reform their lives so as to receive forgiveness from Jesus ...
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass
Published: Saturday, January 14, 2017
It is one thing to talk about racism in the abstract, but quite another go to the museum at Central High School and see photos of grim faced teenagers enduring taunts as they tried to go to school and photos of terrified adults being attacked by dogs in Selma.