Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 06/27/2024
E.g., 06/27/2024

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.

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2024
Published: Thursday, March 28, 2024
The opportunity to receive Jesus’ body and blood offered in sacrifice for our salvation was not to be a one-time event at the Last Supper. Jesus appointed his apostles to continue to make him present for future believers in the Eucharist offered in his memory. That is why in every Catholic Church we have an altar of sacrifice; not merely a communion table.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2023
Published: Thursday, April 6, 2023
Jesus emphasizes that though his plan of salvation is glorious in a cosmic sense, it can be accomplished in our lives (just as in his) only through un-glorious, self-sacrificing service, only at the cost of humble and sometimes even humiliating death to self.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2022
Published: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Footwashing on the other hand, is unlike the Eucharist and the priesthood in as much as it has to do with a mandate rather than a sacrament — hence Maundy Thursday. And the mandate is not about washing feet per se, but rather a command that we undertake acts of humble, selfless service as symbolized by the washing of feet.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2021
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Jesus offers up his body and blood today in every Eucharist, which is the sacrament of his death to self and enduring presence among us ... and he invites us to join our own sacrifice of self to his, offering up our body and blood to the Father, from the same altar, united to that of Jesus.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 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.
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.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2018
Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018
And Jesus will pay for us by pouring out his own blood on the doorpost of the cross. From that day forward, Jesus becomes our master and we become his servants. That is what the Blessed Mother means when she says: “I am the handmaid of the Lord!”
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2017
Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017
You and I are accustomed to calling the first of these three days Holy Thursday, but it also has an older name that some of you may remember from the past: Maundy Thursday. The word, “maundy,” comes from the Latin “mandatum” and means “commandment” or “mandate” — in this case referring to Jesus’ commandment to “love one another.”
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2016
Published: Thursday, March 24, 2016
This new Passover instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper, in today's second reading, was followed by the death of the firstborn of all creation, the Son of God himself, which was the awful price paid to break Satan's stranglehold on every nation, not just Israel.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2015
Published: Thursday, April 2, 2015
But our joy today is tempered by the sober realization that our freedom is costly — bought with blood and not easy to preserve. 
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2014
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014
He did so with a love so complete and so inclusive that it forced Satan to loosen his grip on us whom he had enslaved to sin.