"SUUuuuuure you can come for dinner! We'd love that! In fact, I'll invite my Mom!"
I'm tempted to forgo daily Mass (which I was trying to attend during Lent) as this would leave me exactly 15 minutes to prepare before everyone shows up, but go to Mass anyway (and while there invite my Pastor to dinner as well. Might as well!) *note: BOY am I glad I chose to go to Mass. Totally worth any embarrassment of a messy house*
When a priest comes it's sort of like Jesus is coming to dinner for me. This moment of reflecting on my house not being ready was a great meditation on how Jesus could come at ANY time... would we be ready? I couldn't help but think of this as I was cleaning up and running through the grocery store to pick up something for dinner. I didn't want to feel as if I wasn't ready to welcome him at any time to come and enter in and join me and my family (expected or not).
What a good meditation this spur of the moment visit was. "You do not know the day or the hour that the Son of Man will come" It really got me in the Lenten "mood".
In the end, we had a great evening with lots of smiles, warm conversation and a great dinner of fresh wild haddock (whenever you're in a rush, fish is quick!) with stuffed topping, broccoli crowns, summer squash (prepared the day before), and Jasmine rice! My mom brought crepe suzettes with strawberry topping that she just "happened" to have made (she's always cooking something awesome), YUM! and all ended well!
Ava was SO over-tired that she did NOT stop talking (but she wouldn't go to sleep because she didn't want to miss anything)! Here she is with Nana telling her a story. She eventually went down an hour early. The night proved too exciting for her.
Ava meets Fr. Jeff!
Ava's a bit more interested in her feet than anything right now.
She LOVES Fr. Conrad!
Some great conversation (and a messy table that didn't quite make it before guests arrived... oh well).