Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 01/24/2022
E.g., 01/24/2022

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.

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!
Palm Sunday 2021
Published: Sunday, March 28, 2021
So today, we lift up to the Lord ourselves and all of those people who are living in fear throughout the world, especially those who are suffering and dying unaccompanied. Jesus at least was accompanied by John, his mother and a few women … and even so, he felt forsaken. You and I are not forsaken; our Savior is with us and so we place our trust in him.
Funeral for Michael Taylor
Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
But as the 23rd Psalm insists, we can use our time in this dark valley as an opportunity to draw closer to the Lord ourselves, for he can also be our companion, our source of strength. The Shepherd has not forgotten his sheep.
Wake for Michael Taylor
Published: Monday, March 22, 2021
With all the waiting for appointments and the results of labs and sickening medications and painful bone marrow aspirations, and everything else, (Michael) grew in patience, kindness, courage and love. He was unfailingly optimistic, always highlighting the positive in his lab results and finding ways to contextualize the negative. He was now ending every phone conversation with “I love you.”
Rite of Election 2021
Published: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal 2021
Published: Saturday, February 6, 2021   
Your generous spirit is also obvious in your response to last year’s CASA campaign, to which you gave as much as in other years, despite the pandemic and its effects, thanks to which we have been able to continue operations amid all the restrictions imposed on us by COVID-19.
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Published: Saturday, January 30, 2021
A government cannot rule forever by force nor by countering the truth with “alternate truths” that everyone knows are really lies. Satan is the prince of lies and those who seek to impose their will through deceit and have knowingly aligned themselves with his destructive force may seem powerful for a time, but it is a temporary illusion and they will not in the end prevail.
Mass for Life 2021
Published: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Abortion is clearly the most depraved expression of what Pope Francis calls our “throw-away culture” and nowhere does he imply a false equivalence of all the myriad threats to life, but neither does abortion as an issue stand alone, as some would have us believe. In his homily to us bishops at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, he specifically linked “the innocent victims of abortion” to many other pro-life issues.
Baptism of the Lord 2021
Published: Sunday, January 10, 2021
That's the third way, the way of Jesus Christ. Not fight or flight, but rather standing there with the even greater courage required to resist evil with the costly, personally vulnerable, non-violent force of good.
The Epiphany of the Lord 2021
Published: Sunday, January 3, 2021
I now realize that the exclusiveness of the "in crowd" was not an expression of self-confidence; rather, it was a reflection of their own fear and insecurity, and I was beginning to discover that freedom-from-fear that comes from seeking to do God's will rather than my own.
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 2020
Published: Friday, January 1, 2021
I hope that every one of us can discover and take ownership for those areas of our lives where we know we're not clean, because we all have them. Things of which we're not proud and for which we know we need a savior, areas of weakness that have the potential for great spiritual fertility because it's precisely where we're weakest that God's grace can do the most good.
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph 2020
Published: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Today is the last Sunday of the year and so is a time for taking stock. Looking back over this most difficult year in memory, I hope the Lord has used this time to help all of us grow in spiritual strength and wisdom too. After all, in a lot of ways we are all children: everyone of us still has room to grow!
Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) 2020
Published: Friday, December 25, 2020
COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for how selflessly you have complied with all the protocols forced on us by this pandemic. For the first time since 1918 we had to suspend the celebration of Mass for seven weeks starting in March and have only been able to resume public worship since May 4 under very restrictive conditions, including the use of masks, which nobody likes, and physical distancing.
Third Sunday of Advent 2020
Published: Sunday, December 13, 2020
What is God saying to us today? What about the desert we live in? It's not a desert of sand and stone, but it's a desert just the same: lives built on shifting sand, hearts of stone, people held captive by addiction, ignorance, selfishness and all the other vices, people who long for freedom and healing, people lost in a wasteland of their own making, looking for love in all the wrong places, searching in the darkness for a way out.

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