God greets Mother Teresa at the Pearly Gates.
"Thou be hungry, Mother
Teresa?" saith God. "I could eat," Mother Teresa replies. So God opens
a can of tuna and reaches for a chunk of rye bread and they share
While eating this humble meal, Mother Teresa
looks down into Hell and
sees the inhabitants devouring huge steaks, lobsters, pheasants,
pastries and fine wines. Curious, but deeply trusting, Mother Teresa
The next day God again invites Mother Teresa
to join him for a meal.
Again, it is tuna and rye bread. Once again looking down, Mother Teresa
can see the denizens of Hell enjoying caviar, champagne, lamb, truffles
and chocolates. Still Mother Teresa says nothing.
The following day, mealtime arrives and
another can of tuna is opened.
Mother Teresa can't contain herself any longer. Meekly, she says: "God,
I am grateful to be in heaven with you as a reward for the pious,
obedient life I led. But here in heaven all I get to eat is tuna and a
piece of rye bread and in the Other Place they eat like emperors and
kings! Forgive me, O God, but I just don't
God sighs. "Let's be honest, Mother Teresa,"
he says. "For just two
people, does it pay to cook?!"