Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 01/29/2023
E.g., 01/29/2023

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.

Easter Vigil 2022
Published: Saturday, April 16, 2022
By cooperating with the power of God’s grace, you can overcome all those inner fears and insecurities that prevent you from really dying to yourself so as to live fully for God. Jesus has set us free and enabled us to face our fears and bear our own crosses courageously so as to then wear a crown, sharing fully ourselves in the fruits of Jesus’ victory.
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion 2022
Published: Friday, April 15, 2022
On Good Friday we discover that the cross is salvific, including the crosses in our own lives, what cause is there for anger there? If Jesus, who is without sin, embraced the cross with sacrificial love, who are we to resent the adversities with which God sees fit to bless us, and indeed, save us?
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2022
Published: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Footwashing on the other hand, is unlike the Eucharist and the priesthood in as much as it has to do with a mandate rather than a sacrament — hence Maundy Thursday. And the mandate is not about washing feet per se, but rather a command that we undertake acts of humble, selfless service as symbolized by the washing of feet.
Chrism Mass 2022
Published: Monday, April 11, 2022
Brother priests, I want you to know how grateful I am for you. I should express this more often. I am forever bragging about you. Unlike some other dioceses, there are no real divisions among us. It is clear that you like each other and support each other, and that you support me in my efforts — for which I am very grateful. Not every bishop can say that.
Palm Sunday 2022
Published: Sunday, April 10, 2022
Arrested as a blasphemer, condemned as an insurrectionist, still hailed as king but now only in mockery by his torturers. No more cloaks on the ground to honor him, now they strip him of his clothing to dishonor him.
Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C 2022
Published: Sunday, March 27, 2022
God is throwing a banquet and wants to see his Church packed with returning prodigals, our brothers and sisters. And we have a choice: rejection or compassion, a choice that may well determine whether we get admitted to the banquet ourselves. By the measure we measure we will be measured.
Third Sunday of Lent, Year C 2022
Published: Sunday, March 20, 2022
The kingdom of God is open to everyone, but there are standards; conditions of membership. Jesus' hope is that once we know the rules and what the job expectations are — and the consequences of non-compliance — that we'll get with the program right away.
Ash Wednesday 2022
Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Ashes are what’s left behind when smoke ascends to heaven; where we all hope to ascend one of these days. Ashes are the residue left behind by the purifying fire, the trials and tribulations of this earthly life. Ashes do eventually become soil and indeed fertilize the soil. That’s why some farmers burn their fields and plow under the remaining stubble and ashes. But unlike ordinary dirt, ashes also tell a story of previous life.
2022 Arkansas Catholic Men's Conference
Published: Saturday, February 12, 2022
We have also received God's providence: through our parents, relatives, teachers, priests, all the people through whom God has provided for us all these years — and above all through Jesus — and he continues to feed our souls with miraculous bread, bread not only multiplied into more loaves, not merely changed in quantity as in today's Gospel, but actually changed in its very nature, miraculously changed into the very body and blood of Jesus for us to eat and drink, and through which we receive eternal life.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2022
Published: Sunday, February 6, 2022
Like me and like Peter, you too may feel unworthy as a sinner, or incapable due to personal limitations, but that's no excuse. When the Lord calls, the only proper answer is: "Yes Lord! Yes, I'll do whatever you ask in faith."
Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal 2022
Published: Saturday, February 5, 2022   
Last year, despite the pandemic and the attendant financial uncertainty that many of us experienced, you were amazingly generous to our CASA appeal, and today I come before you to ask you to do the same again this year.
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2022
Published: Sunday, January 30, 2022
Those who think outside the box often threaten those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo — oil producers prefer gas-guzzlers because they’d sell much less gas if we all drove hybrid cars — and the people of Nazareth felt so threatened and infuriated by Jesus’ message that their enemies were included in God’s plan of salvation that they tried to kill the messenger, by throwing him over a cliff.
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2022
Published: Sunday, January 23, 2022
There were many stages of composition and many writers contributed to the final result. God was the author of the events described, which is different from our concept of authorship. He didn’t write the text with pen and paper, but he is its source, and he guided its development, and so is in that sense the author — the intellectual author of the Bible. It reveals his will and contains his promises — and that’s how it should be read.
Mass for Life 2022
Published: Sunday, January 16, 2022
Life does not cease to be sacred once the baby is born, and no child in the womb will be secure until we embrace the sanctity of all life and reject everything that threatens human life or degrades human dignity at any stage of human existence.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass 2022
Published: Saturday, January 15, 2022
This human dimension is what is missing in our national discourse — hence the need to insist repeatedly that Black lives really do matter, because as a country we don’t act that way. Look at the glaring disparities in access to health care and medical outcomes, in education, in law enforcement, in employment and indeed almost every other area of life.

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