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.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B 2021
Published: Sunday, June 20, 2021
The technical name for the main part of a Church building is the "nave," meaning the "boat," the same as our word, "Navy." As you can see, we're all in this boat together and we face the storms of life together. No matter how fiercely the winds blow, we're safe because we've got Jesus on board.
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B 2021
Published: Sunday, June 13, 2021
We have a tendency to brand as a heretic anyone who does not think as we do. That is a danger especially that universities have to try to avoid. It is good for us to feel confident that we are right, but that is no reason for us to think that everyone else is wrong. 
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2021
Published: Monday, May 31, 2021
Father Bill, we are grateful to you for all the care you give us. You proclaim the Gospel courageously; you are a man of prayer and you die to yourself in order to serve us.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 2021
Published: Sunday, May 30, 2021
There is a starting point: God loved us first. And not just first, but also second and third and fourth and so on, as many times as necessary to finally elicit from us a response of trust. 
Priesthood Ordination of Deacons Alex Smith, Emmanuel Torres, Omar Galván, Brian Cundall and Ben Riley
Published: Saturday, May 29, 2021
Once a priest, always a priest. This is not a 9-to-5 job. You are to love everyone as Jesus has loved you, 24 hours of the day, even when people call you at 3 in the morning. Indeed, especially when people call you at 3 in the morning. From this day forward, you are to lay down your life for others as Jesus did for you, 24 hours a day.
Deacon Ordination Daniel Wendel
Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
God bestows on you today all the graces you need to serve him faithfully as a deacon — and a year from now as a priest — committed like St. Paul in our Scripture readings today, to the courageous proclamation of the Gospel and a life of humble service in and through the Church, modeled on that of Christ.
Pentecost Sunday 2021
Published: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Look around and you will see many unhappy, frustrated people who have exhausted themselves trying to make it through the challenges of life without God's power and light — doomed to failure by their own weakness and ignorance, powerless before temptation, deceived by worldly schemes that promise happiness but cannot deliver.
Deacon Ordination José Jaime Nieto
Published: Friday, May 21, 2021
The initiative is from God and therefore, José Jaime, his choice of you for the diaconate and eventually the priesthood had already been made well before you were ever formed in your mother’s womb. Like with Jeremiah, it was for this very purpose that you were even born!
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B
Published: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, a day for us to pray for our shepherds — the pope, me your bishop, your pastor and all our priests and deacons worldwide — and to pray that the Lord will raise up from our midst many more good shepherds to care for his flock going forward.
Divine Mercy Sunday 2021
Published: Sunday, April 11, 2021
How about you? What kind of proof do you require? Some people demand scientific, historical proof for events that occurred 2,000 years ago, and what you can’t prove empirically they reject. Like Thomas, they put the burden of proof on God. The method they choose predetermines the outcome, and this outcome is not where the life is.
Easter Vigil 2021
Published: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Today is Jesus’ day of victory. It can be our day of victory too. Those who are united with Jesus in likeness to his death will share in a like resurrection. This share in Jesus’ victory begins in this life for those who have been born again in baptism and live already the life of the Kingdom of God. And it continues in eternal life for those who share fully in Jesus’ victory.
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion 2021
Published: Friday, April 2, 2021
Even illness and death become a blessing when embraced with an attitude that hallows — sanctifies — God’s name. He is the master; we are servants whose only role and source of greatest blessing is to do God’s will as best we know it.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2021
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Jesus offers up his body and blood today in every Eucharist, which is the sacrament of his death to self and enduring presence among us ... and he invites us to join our own sacrifice of self to his, offering up our body and blood to the Father, from the same altar, united to that of Jesus.
Chrism Mass 2021
Published: Monday, March 29, 2021
Jesus was both priest and victim, the one who offered and the one who was offered — and so are we, in union with Jesus. He did so in the concrete circumstances and all the adversities present in 33 AD. We do so in the concrete circumstances and all the adversities present in 2021. We walk by faith.
Msgr. Scott Friend at Chrism Mass 2021
Published: Monday, March 29, 2021
As of June 15, Msgr. Friend will become the new pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish in Jonesboro and Father Jeff Hebert, currently our assistant vocations director and prefect of our House of Formation, will take over as our new vocations director. Father Jeff is well qualified, but he sure does have some big shoes to fill!