Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 01/23/2022
E.g., 01/23/2022

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.

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, June 28, 2020
What Jesus says is that he must be the primary allegiance of our lives. He’s the only one we really have to please, and sometimes doing the right thing, especially in the face of opposition, can be very challenging. But anything less is not worthy of him.
Votive Mass to the Holy Spirit
Published: Sunday, June 21, 2020
Your next prioress is going to suffer, so you’d better elect someone who can do difficult things; embrace the cross with sacrificial love. That’s what Jesus says is the unavoidable price of following him.
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, June 21, 2020
So if you know what you should do and not do, you’ve got values. But it is only when you actually live according to those values that you’ve got virtue.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ 2020
Published: Sunday, June 14, 2020
What you and I receive at Communion retains the appearance and taste of bread and wine, but that’s no longer what it is. By means of the words of consecration, Jesus changes them into his very own Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.
Pentecost Sunday 2020
Published: Sunday, May 31, 2020
If this tiny virus that none of us can even see with the naked eye has brought us to our knees, what more do we need to show us where to place our trust and hope, both in this life — and in the case of those who have died — also in the next.
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord 2020
Published: Sunday, May 24, 2020
Think, perhaps, of the hardest confession you ever had to make, and then how exhilarating it was to finally be set free and be given a fresh start; set free from that "ton of bricks" of bitter remorse that had so long been weighing down your soul.
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A
Published: Sunday, May 17, 2020
We are grateful finally to be able to resume the celebration of Mass on a limited basis and there are many things about the restrictions we presently have to live with that I don’t like any more than you do, but with which we have to obey — and which are, in fact, the price of self-sacrificing love.
Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A
Published: Sunday, May 10, 2020
We take all the reasonable steps we can think of to mitigate the threat — God gave us brains and he expects us to use them — and then we place in his hands all the things we cannot prevent. And so, to us also, he says “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A
Published: Sunday, May 3, 2020
We do what we can to care for both the physical and spiritual needs of those the Good Shepherd entrusts to our care. Hence the suspension of public Masses in order to maintain necessary physical distancing, but live-streaming Masses to better enable people to make a good spiritual communion. Neither is ideal, but we live in an imperfect world, so this balancing of prudence and piety is what the care of the flock requires.
Third Sunday of Easter, Year A
Published: Sunday, April 26, 2020
The grace of all the Eucharists we have received in the past remains in us even during this time when access to additional receptions of the Eucharist is temporarily not available. In this way, the access that you and I have even in this time of COVID-19 is far greater than that of Jesus' own contemporaries because our eyes are open.
Divine Mercy Sunday 2020
Published: Sunday, April 19, 2020
And so he says also to us, “Peace be with you” and he shows us also the wounds by which we were saved, the wounds that were the cost of loving us to the end, the wounds that reveal that it really is him and that the mercy he brings us is real too.
Easter Sunday 2020
Published: Sunday, April 12, 2020
You and I are gathered here today to proclaim the Good News that sin and illness and death do not have the last word. COVID-19 has caused a crisis that, like everything else, God will use for his purposes. If he can take Jesus’ gruesome death on Good Friday and turn it into the most powerful instrument of salvation ever, he can certainly take the worst effects of the coronavirus and do the same.
Easter Vigil 2020
Published: Saturday, April 11, 2020
Do we truly believe that Jesus rose from the dead and — more fundamentally — that by placing our faith, our trust in him, by doing things his way, we can have a share in his victory? Even when it means “passing through the valley of the shadow of death” ourselves?
Good Friday 2020
Published: Friday, April 10, 2020
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. That is why when people ask me about future plans, I frequently add the phrase “God willing,”  which is a small reminder that whatever God wills — even difficult things — comes first.
Holy Thursday 2020
Published: Thursday, April 9, 2020
And yet, even knowing how weak and unreliable they were, Jesus washed their feet. And then through them he tells us, who are also weak and unreliable, that we should serve others with just that much humility.