It seems to me that it was a moment when Mary called on Jesus to let his true identity shine forth for people to see! Jesus may well have felt that it was not the time, but he responds to her request, eventually. For the Gospel of John “signs” like the turning of the water into wine are very important as they point to the identity of Jesus as both human and divine.
St Paul is also interested in identity -- in our identity as members of the living Body of Christ.
Paul challenges each one of us to reflect on what is our “gift”?...what is our charism? The gifts that each person is given, is given them! Not for themselves, but for the sake of the whole -- for the Body of Christ!
On this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, I cannot but help to think his gifts -- of charismatic leadership, bold vision, deep faith and ultimately, martyrdom...a man who shared all he had, his very life, for the sake of the very soul of a nation.
As the struggle for racial justice, equality, and recognition of the human dignity of all persons continues, we must ask ourselves what are my gifts that God has given me for the sake of this struggle?