Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 01/28/2021
E.g., 01/28/2021

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.

Diaconate Ordination of Daniel Velasco
Published: Friday, May 17, 2019
The basic meaning of the word “deacon” is servant, so a very important part of your diaconal ministry is the way you serve the Lord out in the world once the liturgical celebration has ended.
Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Martin Amaro
Published: Saturday, May 11, 2019
You had a powerful experience of God’s love in a Search retreat and felt God’s call at a Come and See Retreat as a high school senior. With that your vocation was launched, and ever since, time and again, you have experienced what you wrote at the beginning of your vocation story: “The Lord will provide.”
Third Sunday of Easter, Year C
Published: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Everything that they had done before, including their three years with Jesus as his disciples, literally his students (his seminarians), prepared them for what he was now asking them to dedicate the rest of their lives: to be fishers of men.
Fifth Grade Vocations Day 2019
Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
My hope is that you will grow in the realization that Jesus will be with you and will help you if you are true to him and that being true to him means doing what he is asking of you already now as a fifth grader.
Divine Mercy Sunday 2019
Published: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Jesus teaches us in the Lord's Prayer that we are all obligated to forgive others if we want to be forgiven ourselves. "Forgive us our trespasses as — in the same measure that — we forgive those who have trespassed against us." This is sometimes very hard to do, especially when the damage is severe, but this helps us find healing and become survivors — no longer merely victim — of those who have harmed us.
Easter Vigil 2019
Published: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Baptism achieves its full effect only when we transfer our allegiance from the enslaving disvalues of this world to the freedom of life in Christ. In dying to this world we say, in effect, “world, you do what you need to do and I’ll do what I need to do.”
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion 2019
Published: Friday, April 19, 2019
Well all of us regard Jesus as a loved one and on Good Friday he was a prisoner about to be executed, so we have twice as much reason to listen to his last words and fulfill his deathbed wishes. His last seven words in this life have a lot to say to us who must now take up our crosses and follow him.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2019
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Jesus took his disciples back into the past in order to fulfill that past in the present, show how the liberation God accomplished through Moses then prefigures the far greater liberation that God is accomplishing through Jesus now.
Chrism Mass 2019
Published: Monday, April 15, 2019
The sacraments in which these oils will be used are all moments of personal encounter with the Lord, not only for our own personal benefit and consolation, but also for the purpose of mission, of being sent forth.
Palm Sunday 2019
Published: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Who followed him? Humble people who knew they needed the salvation he came to offer. And that’s how Jesus operates even today. Let us lay our lives before him, not merely our cloaks, and welcome him as our king.
40 Days for Life Presentation
Published: Sunday, April 14, 2019
I prefer the bumper sticker that says: “Abortion Leaves One Dead and One Wounded”. The reason is that you’re not really pro-life (you’re just anti-abortion) unless you care about both the mother and her child.
Reflection on "Christus Vivit" ("Christ Lives")
Published: Saturday, April 6, 2019
The basic insight that runs throughout the entire document revolves around two questions: What can the Church teach the young? and, What can the young teach the Church?  And the answer to both questions is hope.
Deacon Recommitment Mass 2019
Published: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Faithful diaconal service also involves embracing the cross. Otherwise the love you invest in your ministry would not be sacrificial. I'm sure many of you can list a series of moments in ministry when your share in the cross of Jesus Christ became very real. Times when your efforts were misunderstood, misconstrued or even made fun of.
Second Sunday of Lent 2019
Published: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Only God could produce a nation from a man with a fertility problem. Only God would have the crazy wisdom to choose as his messenger a man with a speech impediment and give us his law through a fugitive murderer. Only God would think to found his Church on a coward who would deny Christ in his moment of greatest need.
Ash Wednesday 2019
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
And yet God who is bigger than the entire universe and more powerful than the big bang, he who created the universe and caused the big bang, this God has intervened to save us from final death and make our brief moment of existence eternal.