Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 11/21/2019
E.g., 11/21/2019

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.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, November 17, 2019
In today’s Gospel Jesus says to do three things: 1.) Keep your eyes open; 2.) Be courageous; and 3.) Persevere ... and he promises to help us through these troubles. Here Jesus is speaking about the persecution of believers and the terrifying end of the world. but what he says applies to other troubles as well.
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, November 3, 2019
But Zacchaeus didn't stop there. Jesus loved and accepted him unconditionally, but Zacchaeus knew that to reciprocate this love, he'd have to make some changes, which I'll bet he'd wanted to do for a long time but just hadn't or felt like he couldn't.
All Souls Day 2019
Published: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Purgatory is the process by which God remedies all that is lacking in us and that’s where our prayers can help the dead. Just as in this life, so also in purgatory, growth and healing is much easier when you’ve got help, in this case the help of our prayers.
Solemnity of All Saints 2019
Published: Friday, November 1, 2019
A career is something we choose. It is a response to the question: “What do I want to do with my life?” And so remains focused on the self. A vocation, on the other hand, responds to the question: “What does God want me to do with my life?” And so is focused on something bigger than the self.
Blessed Stanley Rother Catholic School Graduation 2019
Published: Monday, October 28, 2019
When Blessed Apla's arrived in Santiago Atitlan five years later, he would discover that the most important things he had learned in the seminary had to do with human virtues rather than academic subjects, and among them the things that were most useful to him here were what I mentioned before: his humble, courageous perseverance.
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, October 27, 2019
(Blessed Stanley Rother) lived most of his priesthood here, and learned your customs and your language. Your home became his home. He gave himself to you fully in life long before he gave himself to you in death. And his heart remains here in this church among you, the people to whom he gave his heart as a priest long before he gave it to you as a martyr.
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2019
And above and beyond whatever benefits others may receive from our prayer and good deeds, these acts of piety and service benefit us who pray — indeed, they are the means by which we become saints.
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2019
Well when was the last time you said thanks to your wife or mother for cooking all those meals and doing all that laundry? Or to your husband or father for all he does to provide for your family? A lot of marriages and families would be a whole lot happier if the members said thanks more often.
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2019
The only thing a master owes his slave is not to punish him if he does what he's told. Any reward beyond that won't be due to his justice, but rather due solely to the master's unearned, undeserved kindness. In other words, if you go to hell it will be because of what you did, but if you go to heaven, it will be due to God's grace and not because you have somehow “earned” the right to go there.
Red Mass 2019
Published: Friday, October 4, 2019
Religion binds us to God and a system of beliefs about God: No one has fewer resources for life than the person with no religion, whose connection to the source of life has been cut.
Funeral for Basil H. Taylor
Published: Monday, September 23, 2019
But I was delighted to see (Dad's) joy in being validated — he did a little victory dance — validated in his memory about this detail about how the Sunday obligation was understood in the past. Because, you see, the reception of the Eucharist, that intimate connection with Jesus, was at the very center of his relationship with God.
Wake for Basil H. Taylor
Published: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Dad was so patient and so loyal because he was a man not only of faith, but also a man of hope; he never gave up on any of us. He trusted that the Lord would see us through … that the Lord would provide. And the Lord always did.
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2019
So religion starts as an intensely personal matter — our personal relationship with Jesus — but that relationship should unite us to Jesus in a way that conforms our will to his, motivating us to try to live as he did and stand for the things he stood for.
Saturday, 22nd Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle I
Published: Saturday, September 7, 2019
One of the reasons we abstain from meat on Fridays of Lent is to help us identify with the poor who cannot afford meat. If you eat lobster, you have not violated the letter of the law regarding this Lenten regulation, but fine dining of this sort is contrary to the spirit of Lent.
Friday, 22nd Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle I
Published: Friday, September 6, 2019
Considering that we eventually separated from Judaism, you may be surprised to learn that in the Gospels it seems clear that continuity is what Jesus had in mind, at least at this point. He came to prune the old religion, improve it ... to replace parts of it, discarding wrong attitudes and abuses, but not to replace or discard Judaism as a whole.

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