We congratulate Mary on her birthday, but the Gospel turns our attention elsewhere. It turns it
back to the thirties and forties when we had hundreds of young seminarians, and the best of them had us marveling at their ease in rolling off the names of all of Mary and Joseph's ancestors.
These days we haven't a tenth of the young men and women entering the priesthood and the convent.
That should turn us to praying for vocations, but it should also turn us individually. to taking up the Lord's work that previously we left to our official nuns and priests.