Someone else will do it. Someone else will take care of it. We see a garbage can that’s been blow into the street and we drive around it. Someone else will get it.
We hear a pitch for volunteers for some worthwhile event and we convince ourselves that someone else will step forward. We see someone struggling and we think someone else will help.
We see something that could be a potential hazard at the store and we say someone else will report it. Someone else will do it. Sadly it’s become a kind of mantra in our lives. We could even say it’s a sort of prayer of inconsiderateness.
Jesus could have taken this approach at the Wedding at Cana. Some commentators say that Jesus could be the very reason they ran out of wine.
Mary was invited to the wedding. And since Jesus was Mary’s son, he was invited as well. But he came with his disciples in tow. They were hungry and thirsty from their journey. They could be the very reason the wine ran out.
Mary knows this so she tells her son to take care of the problem. He cannot say to his mother, “Someone else will do it. Someone else will take care of it.”
Saint Paul says that there are different gifts God gives to us. And these gifts are spread over the entire human family.
No one person has every gift. And God doesn’t gift just a few. God gifts us all. Some people have patience. Some people have a very generous heart. Some are intellectually gifted. Some are good listeners. And so on and so forth.
Every single person has some unique God-given gift that no one else has. We are one of a kind, each and every one of us with specific gifts.
There are some things, done certain ways, in certain circumstances that can only be done by me or through me. There are some things, done certain ways, in certain circumstances that can be done only by you or through you.
There are certain things that God wants and expects and hopes for the world that might never become a reality if we don’t do it.
Someone else will do it. Someone else will take care of it. Possibly not. At least not in the exact same way you or I can give our unique God given talents, gifts given which fit each of us perfectly.
When it comes to our God given gifts, Mary looks at her son and says to us, “Do whatever he tells you, because someone else will simply not do.”