Jesus at the Pearly Gates
St. Peter stood at the Pearly Gates, waiting for the
incoming. He saw Jesus walking by and caught his attention.
"Jesus, could you mind the gate while I go do an errand?"
"Sure," replied Jesus. "What do I have to do?"
"Just find out about the people who arrive. Ask about their
background, their family, and their lives. Then decide if
they deserve entry into Heaven."
"Sounds easy enough. OK."
So Jesus waited at the gates while St. Peter went off on his
The first person to approach the gates was a wrinkled old
man. Jesus summoned him to the examination table and sat
across from him. Jesus peered at the old man and asked, "What
was it you did for a living?"
The old man replied, "I was a carpenter."
Jesus remembered his own earthly existence and leaned
forward. "Did you have any family?" he asked.
"Yes, I had a son, but I lost him."
Jesus leaned forward some more. "You lost your son? Can you
tell me about him?"
"Well, he had holes in his hands and feet."
Jesus leaned forward even more and whispered, "Father?"
The old man leaned forward and whispered, "Pinocchio?"