Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 01/25/2020
E.g., 01/25/2020

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.

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion 2017
Published: Friday, April 14, 2017
Jesus extends his arms to show us how much he loves us and that there is nothing we can do — not even terrible deeds — that would cause us to forfeit his love.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2017
Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017
You and I are accustomed to calling the first of these three days Holy Thursday, but it also has an older name that some of you may remember from the past: Maundy Thursday. The word, “maundy,” comes from the Latin “mandatum” and means “commandment” or “mandate” — in this case referring to Jesus’ commandment to “love one another.”
Chrism Mass 2017
Published: Monday, April 10, 2017
By means of these anointings we become another "Christ." That is why we are called "Christians" — "Christ" is Greek for "anointed one" and we've been anointed.
Palm Sunday 2017
Published: Sunday, April 9, 2017
As we begin this Holy Week, we lift up palms to remind ourselves of just how fickle we are. We honor the Lord one day and yet are fully capable of betraying him the next.
Diaconate Ordination of Tuyen Do and Jeff Hebert
Published: Saturday, April 8, 2017
What I am trying to say is that while celibacy involves sacrifice and death to self, you will discover it to be a gift that enables you to love others more fully and more freely, your life modeled on Jesus who also was celibate — probably for that very same reason — and who will give you the grace you need to live with total dedication the promises you make today.
Deacon Recommitment Mass 2017
Published: Saturday, April 1, 2017
In addition to giving me an opportunity to thank you, this Mass is also for the purpose of giving you the opportunity to renew your commitment as a deacon — sort of like priests do at the Chrism Mass, putting you back in touch with the Lord's call in your life and your generous response to that call.
Fourth Sunday of Lent 2017
Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017
You and I are like the people in this story: There are certain things to which we are blind, regarding which we lack insight. Sometimes this is willful blindness due to fear — we see this in the actions of our government regarding immigration.
Third Sunday of Lent 2017
Published: Sunday, March 19, 2017
First she feels loved by God, and only then is she ready for solid doctrine. Solid doctrine that is not just a matter of theological interest, but which really makes a difference in her sense of self and the meaning of her life going forward.
Second Sunday of Lent 2017
Published: Saturday, March 11, 2017
And it is only then that it will all begin to make sense: Jesus' glorious identity as the Son of God who will save us by means of a very un-glorious death — something they're not quite ready to understand.
Rite of Election 2017
Published: Sunday, March 5, 2017
In RCIA you have studied the teaching of Jesus and considered how to apply this to your own lives, but more important is that you get to know Jesus himself as a person. You know, we are saved by who we know, not by what we know.
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.