Bishop Taylor Homily Library

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E.g., 06/17/2024
E.g., 06/17/2024

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.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 2023
Published: Sunday, June 4, 2023
God's very nature is love and so belief in him is a response of our love to his love, and that can be very demanding. It has wonderful consequences but like with all love there is a cost: death to self. Submitting our will to his.
Eucharistic Revival Days 2023
Published: Saturday, June 3, 2023
This Mass will end with an apostolic blessing, also called a papal blessing and thus the plenary indulgence that comes with an apostolic blessing. When there is sufficient reason and an appropriately solemn event, bishops are allowed to impart the apostolic blessing up to three times a year. This is the first time that I will have done so ... This is a really special deal.
25th Anniversary of Diaconate Class of 1998
Published: Thursday, June 1, 2023
Each person must convert and conversion is personal and dynamic, a change in your own self that leads to insight and thus forward motion. Another way of saying this is to remember that we are all born blind like Bartimaeus, and like Archimedes, even with physical eyesight we can see things thousands of times without really seeing them and then one day, Eureka!
Priesthood Ordination of Deacons Nathan Ashburn and John Paul Hartnedy
Published: Saturday, May 27, 2023
You become another Christ, “alter Christus,” through ordination, so you are to offer yourself to God as well, in every Mass you celebrate, united to Jesus, whose priest you will be.
Graduation 2023
Published: Sunday, May 21, 2023
It is through prayer and reflection that, over time, we discover our role in God's plan, so prayer and reflection is the place for you to start. This is the only truly solid foundation for making decisions of this magnitude.
Ascension of the Lord 2023
Published: Sunday, May 21, 2023
There is confusion about whether the Ascension occurred in Jerusalem or Galilee, though the Church gives more weight to Matthew's memory, that it was in Galilee since he was an eyewitness while Luke was not. But actually, where it occurred is really beside the point. What is important is the meaning of the event, which is clear in both accounts.
Deacon Ordination of Cody Eveld
Published: Friday, May 19, 2023
It is true that you become part of a much bigger family and have access to far deeper levels of spiritual intimacy with more people than would ever be possible without the clear sexual boundaries that celibacy protects — many blessings, to be sure — but a big sacrifice nonetheless, and not without temptations to be faced and overcome, as all these priests present can certainly attest.
Installation to Acolyte Mass 2023
Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2023
... You should strive to live more fully by the Lord’s sacrifice and be molded more perfectly in its likeness, thereby offering yourself daily to God in union with our offering of Jesus to the Father from this altar, you yourself becoming also a spiritual sacrifice offered to God in union with Jesus our Savior.
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A 2023
Published: Sunday, May 14, 2023
God has placed an often-unrecognized hunger for Jesus in the soul of every person on this planet, a deeply felt need for mercy and forgiveness that only he can fill, an inner ally that is available to undermine that person's resistance to the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A 2023
Published: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Jesus prepares us in the Church, in the sacraments, in prayer and in Scripture for every — as yet unknown — twist and turn that we will ever face in this life. We're not exactly blindfolded, but sometimes we get so thoroughly blindsided by events that it seems like we are.
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A 2023
Published: Sunday, April 30, 2023
We need to continue to be vigilant. Good Shepherd Sunday is not just about praying for vocations. It is also about commiting ourselves to protecting the innocent lambs in God’s flock.
Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter 2023
Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Every time someone raises an objection Jesus has the opportunity to back-pedal, to say "no, no, no, you're taking me too literally; this is just an image, just symbolic, not to worry!" But instead Jesus just pours it on all the more; in effect, "If you have a problem with that, wait till you hear this!" A problem with eating his flesh? "Amen, amen I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life in you!" Jesus knows what he's saying and he means what he's saying — now the ball's in our court!
Third Sunday of Easter, Year A 2023
Published: Sunday, April 23, 2023
He was there all right, really present, but they didn't know it. It is only when he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to them that their eyes were opened to the presence of the one who had been with them all along, whereupon he vanished from their sight.
Friday of the Second Week of Easter 2023
Published: Friday, April 21, 2023
Come to Jesus and you will never lack anything you really need because he will give you what you need, which of course is not necessarily everything we might desire, since often we desire things that in his wisdom God knows are actually not for our ultimate good or the good of others.
Divine Mercy Sunday 2023
Published: Sunday, April 16, 2023
Jesus speaks words of peace to us, frees us from our fears, forgives us our sins, restores peace to our broken and remorseful hearts, breathes into us the eternal life of God's new creation and then sends us forth to bring to others the same peace and reconciliation that we ourselves have so undeservedly received.