It's tough to narrow it down to just three people, to be honest. But a dinner party isn't like a wedding where you could invite hundreds. If you did have hundreds of guests, you'd get precious little time with any of them. So, a dinner party with three carefully-selected individuals it is.
Since this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, or at least the first one, I must choose as though it will never happen again.
Therefore, inviting Jesus is a no-brainer. In fact, he would likely be a guest at any of my dinner parties, since his presence would always result in the unexpected. What words of wisdom would he share? Whom might he single out for special attention (probably the hostess)? How would he pierce the heart of a matter?
Peter, the disciple, would be cool to have at the table as well. He was always sticking his foot in his mouth or acting without thinking, and we all love him for his honesty and imperfection. But maybe it's copping out to have two Biblical figures at my gathering. In that case, I'd love to have singer-songwriter-musician Rich Mullins as my second guest. He was perhaps a contemporary version of Peter - a flawed human being who loved the Lord and had a heart for people. One of my favourite "ragamuffins." An arrow, as they say, pointing toward heaven. Maybe he would sing for us.
My menu would be pretty casual, even if a bit of work with the first two items on my list. I'm thinking lentil walnut loaf, homemade dinner rolls, baked potatoes, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. I'd get my husband to make trifle for dessert (he's always offering to make trifle these days). Sparkling grape juice, or Jesus can turn the water into wine!
As for the conversation, I don't think it would be difficult. I'd invite Jesus to choose a topic and we'd take it from there...
How about you? If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, whom would you choose?