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Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
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.
Friday, 18th Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle II 2022
Published: Friday, August 5, 2022
Jesus didn't just endure the cross. He didn't just resign himself to doing the Father's will; to facing bravely those adversities that he may or may not have been able to avoid anyway. After all, doesn't everyone die whether we like it or not? No, Jesus didn't just endure the cross, he EMBRACED it with love.
Monday, 18th Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle II 2022
Published: Monday, August 1, 2022
I swam against the current of a flood of priests leaving the ministry. The Church was in crisis and people thought I was crazy to get on board what they thought was a sinking ship. What they didn’t know was that Jesus was at the helm. You are swimming against the current of an increasingly secular world and many people really don’t understand your embrace of a vocation rooted in truths that only a person of faith can understand.
Blessing for Abbot Elijah Owens, OSB
Published: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Abbot Elijah, you follow a series of abbots who have guided this community well for over 142 years. And now you inherit not only responsibility for this community, but also a rich patrimony of blessings and high regard built up by your predecessors.
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2022
Published: Sunday, July 10, 2022
It's only when we begin to love like Jesus loves that we truly start to live the beatitudes, because the inner content of the beatitudes is sacrificial love — death to self for the benefit of others.
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2022
Published: Sunday, July 3, 2022
In today's Gospel we learn that sometimes faithfulness to Jesus will require us to face the hostility of those who would rather live a lie than accept the truth.
2022 Priest Jubilarian Mass
Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
We need to remember that in this imperfect world, there are more storms yet to come. That’s why Jesus gave his disciples that experience out on the lake in today’s Gospel. He wanted to prepare them for what was to come, not only in the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection, but also in their ministry after Pentecost when they would go forth to bring the light of the Gospel into a very dark world.
2022 Opening Mass for National Eucharistic Revival
Published: Saturday, June 18, 2022
The Eucharist should draw us into Jesus’ very act of self-giving, such that we increasingly give of ourselves to God and to others in union with Jesus. We offer ourselves in union with Jesus to the Father from the altar during Mass, and having done so, we proceed to offer ourselves in union with Jesus to the Father in loving service.
2022 Permanent Diaconate Ordination in Little Rock and Rogers
Published: Saturday, June 11, 2022
God chooses persons and sets them apart for special service, and then equips them with the qualities needed to fulfill that service — this is something you new deacons will soon discover.
Priesthood Ordination of Deacons Jaime Nieto and Daniel Wendel
Published: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Through ordination Jesus equips you to do all this and much more, except that it will not be you doing it. It will be Jesus doing everything through you. One of the ways that you will do this will be through the sacrament of reconciliation, right in line with what we see in the Gospel passage you chose for today’s ceremony.
Deacon Ordination of Nathan Ashburn
Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
The destiny of every one of those sheep is to get sheared and part of the role of a shepherd is to accompany the sheep in their time of shearing, which human sheep find very disconcerting, especially when it involves loss.
Installation to Acolyte Mass 2022
Published: Monday, May 23, 2022
Cody, as an installed acolyte, you will have a permanent role in the Church’s eucharistic ministry. The summit and source of the Church’s life is the Eucharist, which builds up the community and makes it grow.
Deacon Ordination of John Paul Hartnedy
Published: Thursday, May 19, 2022
John Paul, whether you knew it or not, the Lord has had plans for you from before you were ever born. In that sense he has called you from your mother’s womb, and like Jeremiah, you have said: “yes.”
Installation to Lector Mass 2022
Published: Monday, May 16, 2022
Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit to lead us to a deeper and deeper knowledge of God and the truths of religion. Meaning there is no excuse for a Christian to have a closed mind. If you think you know all you need to know about our faith, you don't even know much about the Holy Spirit.
Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C
Published: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Jesus knew in advance who would betray him, who would deny him and who would abandon him. He accepted them just as they were, defects and all, and when the time came, he forgave them.
Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders Mass 2022
Published: Monday, May 9, 2022
And Jesus has not just called you, he will also protect you and provide for you and be there for you, especially in times of adversity. You belong! And as I think you have already discovered; no priest or seminarian has a better home than we do here in the Diocese of Little Rock!