A Little Joke
The pope dies and goes to heaven. At the pearly gates, St. Peter welcomes him and asks
if he's ready to enter heaven for all eternity. The pope replies, "Yes, but before I go in, I would really
like to see what hell is like."
St. Peter thinks a moment and then responds, "I suppose it would be okay if you went
down there for a half hour or so."
With that, the pope finds himself in hell, where, to his amazement, the inhabitants are
having a huge party. They have the best of the best spread out: French champagne, Italian food, and music of
all sorts, from Lawrence Welk to Jimi Hendrix. As the pope watches everyone eating, drinking and being merry,
he starts to become very hungry and cannot wait to go back to heaven.
When the pope returns, St. Peter asks him, "How was hell?"
The pope replies, "Well, they were having such a big feast, I became famished watching
St. Peter then asks if the pope is ready to enter heaven, to which the pope replies, "Oh
yes, I'm very excited. If the people in hell are having such a good time, I cannot imagine how great heaven
With that, St. Peter leads the pope into a small white room with a small white table and
white chairs, and instructs the pope to have a seat. The pope looks a little puzzled but abides his
After a few minutes, Jesus enters the room carrying a peanut butter sandwich and a glass
of milk, and takes a seat.
A moment later, St. Peter enters bearing two peanut butter sandwiches and glasses of
milk. He hands a peanut butter sandwich and glass of milk to the pope, and sits down and starts to
As they silently sit eating, the pope becomes more and more agitated, until St. Peter
finally asks him why he is not eating.
"Well," the pope responds, "down in hell they are having a big bash, with all the finest
food, drink, music and dancing. I imagined heaven would top even that!"
"Why," St. Peter queries, raising his eyebrows, "you don't expect us to do all that for
just the three of us, do you?"
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