Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 06/24/2024
E.g., 06/24/2024

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass 2024
Published: Saturday, January 13, 2024
Fear and hopelessness lead to abortions to end inconvenient pregnancies and are performed on African American women far more frequently than on white women. Fear also leads to the application of the death penalty, which still today falls more heavily on African Americans and other people of color who languish in our prisons way out of proportion to their percentage of the general population.
Epiphany of the Lord 2024
Published: Sunday, January 7, 2024
This vision of inclusion is at the heart of our call to follow Jesus as Christians and today’s feast challenges us to become agents of inclusion in our own time and in the process discover that freedom from fear that comes from seeking to do God's will rather than our own.
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 2024
Published: Monday, January 1, 2024
As we begin this New Year at a time when war is raging in the Middle East and Ukraine and in countless other places, we gather on this feast of the Blessed Mother to pray for peace. For true peace, not merely the absence of war. 
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph 2023
Published: Sunday, December 31, 2023
We see Mary's courage in riding a very uncomfortable donkey to Bethlehem while nine months pregnant and Joseph's patient, futile attempt to find lodging, and finally their faith-filled, humble acceptance of an unsanitary barn in which to give birth to their child.
Fourth Sunday of Advent 2023
Published: Sunday, December 24, 2023
The Son of God stripped himself of the privileges of his divinity in order to embrace our damaged human condition because that sacrifice was necessary for him to accomplish his great work of redemption, a work that he completed 33 years later when he sealed with his own blood the New and definitive Covenant with all of humanity.
Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) 2023
Published: Sunday, December 24, 2023
Today I proclaim to you a message of hope: We have that Savior — he is Jesus, whose very name means God saves. He was born on Christmas. Welcome him into your heart. The darkness will dissipate, and his light will grow in you and fill you with hope, meaning and purpose the more you conform your life to his.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2023
Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2023
May the Lord deepen our faith and commitment, so that like Mary and Juan Diego, our faith may also bear lasting fruit worthy of the Lord.
Second Sunday of Advent 2023
Published: Sunday, December 10, 2023
Jesus is at the door and is knocking. Listen to his voice, grab that knob and open the door, receive him into your heart now, and thus also on Christmas and for always, until his second coming on the last day.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2023
Published: Friday, December 8, 2023
But for that salvation to become ours, to make a difference in our life and in the lives of others, we have to open our hearts like Mary and Joseph did, even though they really didn’t know where it was all going to lead. They said in effect: "Yes Lord, whatever you want, I will do."
Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle, 2023
Published: Thursday, November 30, 2023
Our first priority has got to be a living relationship with God through Jesus, who is by far the most important person in our life: listening to him and obeying him. Our second priority is all those obligations that are directly connected with fulfilling God's personal call in our life: my priesthood, your marriage and your children, but God still comes first.
Decommissioning of Old St. Thomas Aquinas Church Building, Fayetteville
Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
The chief priests and elders — the respectable people of his day — say all the right words, give God lip service, but are unable to accept the fact that God is doing something unexpected and new.
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 2023
Published: Sunday, November 26, 2023
A king is a powerful man who can get what he wants by pushing people around. But this strange king works exclusively through volunteers. In a world that relies on coercion, he depends on persuasion. That’s the only way he works.
Feast of St. Teresa of Avila 2023
Published: Sunday, October 15, 2023
By the time of her death, (St. Teresa of Avila) had founded 32 monasteries. She has been declared a doctor of the Church, the first woman ever to be so honored. Teresa was an excellent scholar and writer. Her works on mystical theology continue to be classics. Her autobiography is frank and inspiring, and from a literary point of view, is a classic of Spanish literature.
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, October 15, 2023
That white garment with which we were dressed on the day of our baptism is the wedding garment of the Kingdom of God, whereby we put on Christ, and this obligates us now to live lives consistent with the values of the Kingdom of God.
Friday, 27th Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle I 2023
Published: Friday, October 13, 2023
As Christians we are called to be witnesses for the truth and to stand up for what is right, even when this is unpopular or inconvenient. Even when we don’t particularly like the person or group that we are defending.