You will never guess who called me. The other day I was thinking, “What am I going to write about in the upcoming blog?” As I was searching for answers, the phone rang. I picked it up and responded in my normal way, asking who I was speaking to.
The person said he was Jesus. I said, “Oh my God, what have I done wrong?”
He said, “No, no, you have not done anything wrong. I would like you to come to dinner and bring along three people you admire— either living or dead.”
“Great!” I thanked Jesus and said I would be glad to come. Boy, now I really had to get into a thought process and make sure the three I chose were people Jesus would enjoy having at his table.
After last week’s blog on Gandhi, l knew he would be one of my selections. Like Jesus, he was a person who accomplished much by being non-violent, and like Jesus, he was killed for his beliefs. I knew he would add a lot to the table conversation.
Again, the wheels in my head started turning: who is the second person to invite? I said to myself, “How about someone who is still living?” Then it hit me. Billy Graham, he is da man! Like Jesus who went to the streets to invite everyone to Christianity, Billy Graham went on national television to preach the tidings of Christianity. I knew Billy Graham and Jesus would have a great time sharing stories.
Then for my third selection, who else but Mother Teresa? She lived the life of Jesus. Like Jesus, she ministered to the downtrodden and constantly prayed to the Lord, invoking his help just as Jesus prayed to the Father in heaven. And like Jesus, she never minced words. What you heard is what she believed. No beating around the bush with her. She and Jesus would have a great time sharing stories, no doubt about that.
Then it hit me: what would I bring to the table??? I never in my life felt so infinitesimal to be in such great company— Jesus and three famous people.
Then I remembered the Gospel of Mathew, 22:1-4, wherein the king invites everyone to the wedding feast, regardless of their talents and position in life. Rich, poor, educated, non-educated— as long as you are repentent and a good person, Jesus wants you at the table.
So I am going and I will sit back and listen! Listen to Jesus and my three guests converse and enjoy the feast. Alleluia!!!!!