Originally delivered on January 1, 1990
Readings: Numbers 6:22-27, Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21
In this homily, Father Healy reminds us that Mary is the first woman to be liberated by Christ Jesus. She is a prophet for all ages. We are reminded that a simple girl was asked to say Amen to Jesus and change history. We, too, can make a difference regardless of our fears. We must not allow the magic moment of grace today to pass us by. We are called to act for justice and human rights and dignity. Because of Jesus, we must hold ourselves accountable to love our enemies and to be one family with everyone in the world.