Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 10/24/2020
E.g., 10/24/2020

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.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, October 18, 2020
You and I have a lot to pray about between now and Nov. 3: a renewed politics that focuses on moral principles, the defense of life, the needs of the weak and the pursuit of the common good. And of course, we must also consider a candidate's character, philosophy and performance, and at the same time make a prudential judgment regarding the lay of the land going forward.
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Notice that Jesus' message here is very serious. His invitation is very generous, but he's not playing games: He also punishes. God offers us free admittance into the Kingdom of God, regardless of whether our past was bad or good, regardless of whether we were raised in the faith or not, but in order to remain in that kingdom, he demands of us a life of integrity. That we truly be who we say we are.
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Why did God make us? To know him, love him and serve him in this life, and be happy with him forever in the next. Not to advance our own purposes or build our own kingdoms, but rather to build his kingdom, to administer faithfully everything that God has placed in our hands.
Jubilarian Mass at Holy Angels Convent 2020
Published: Friday, October 2, 2020
I am certain that over the course of the last seven decades our jubilarians have already had to die to self many times. Some of these deaths are adversities that may simply be part of the human condition — illness, loss of loved ones, the limitations of old age — things that we can “offer up” to the Lord with patience and resignation, which is one sort of death to self.
Red Mass 2020
Published: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Regardless of what they say, most people's actions show that they expect to find security in the things of this world and happiness in living however we want — yet this willfulness only leaves us feeling even more insecure than before, because the conscience that God planted in us will not allow us to find true peace so long as we persist in living what we know deep in our hearts to be a lie.
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, September 27, 2020
The good news is that once they begin to follow Jesus, their lives take a decisive turn for the better and from now on they become more and more faithful and obedient to God.
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Our life in the Church and indeed also in the larger community, should in some measure be a foretaste of the fuller life that is waiting for us in the Kingdom of God, where everyone gets the same pay: eternal life, who could want more?
Installation of Acolytes in Diaconate Formation
Published: Saturday, September 12, 2020
As acolytes, it will be your responsibility to assist priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry, and so you — like them — should strive to live a life of sacrificial love modeled on that of Jesus, who gave his life for our salvation and is the victim we offer to the Father every time we celebrate the Eucharist.
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Saturday, September 12, 2020
The person who will not forgive hurts a lot of people. He destroys relationships, he alienates people and he breaks hearts. But most of all, he hurts himself; and the only way to end the torture is to forgive and forget.
St. Teresa of Calcutta Mass 2020
Published: Saturday, September 5, 2020
And we do this by explaining how his actions are hurting us, spending time listening to him describe the problem from his point of view, trying to build bridges of understanding. With Jesus that was the primary thing, to save the relationship, not to win the fight.
Priesthood Ordination of Deacons Daniel Velasco and Joseph Friend
Published: Saturday, August 15, 2020
All Christians, and especially we who are priests, are called to infiltrate the world, to change it from within. In the world but not of the world. And Daniel and Joseph, will you do that? First, you must be consecrated to the truth. If you preach the full truth of the Gospel, not just the easy parts, you can expect a lot of resistance.
Deacon Ordination of Brian Cundall and Ben Riley
Published: Friday, August 14, 2020
Brian and Ben, the bigger sacrifice you make today is the promise of obedience, which involves the sacrifice of your will. Obedience is more than just compliance; it has to do with what goes on inside your heart.
Deacon Ordination of Emmanuel Torres
Published: Thursday, August 13, 2020
People who don’t love themselves have a hard time loving others. And so Jesus raises the bar: How has Jesus loved us? Totally, sacrificially, to the death. And so that’s how we are to love one another.
Deacon Ordination of Omar Galván
Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Your life is now a life lived for others. Through you, people will encounter Jesus at every stage of life: the babies whom you baptize, the couples whom you marry and the dead whom you bury.
Deacon Ordination of Alex Smith
Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Chastity requires us to be pure not only in our overt actions, but also in our thoughts and in our words, pure in the way we deal with others — no deceit, no mixed messages. Pure and sincere in the desires of our own heart. And of course, this requires death to self, which is the foundation of a life lived for others.

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