The Pope and a lawyer both die within seconds of each other. They arrive at the gates of heaven at the same moment. They both spend the day in orientation. As they’re getting their heavenly vestments, the Pope gets a plain white toga like everyone else and the lawyer gets a much more extravagant outfit made of gold thread and Gucci shoes.
They are then escorted to where they’re going to live. The Pope gets what everyone else gets: a replica of a Holiday Inn room. The lawyer gets an 18-room mansion with servants and a swimming pool.
At dinnertime, the Pope receives the standard meal, a typical kosher TV dinner. The lawyer receives an opulent meal served on silver platters.
By this time, the lawyer is beginning to suspect that there was an error somewhere, so he asks one of the angels in charge, “Has there been some kind of mistake? This guy was the Pope, and he gets what everyone else gets. I’m just a lawyer and I seem to be getting the finest of everything.”
The angel replied, “No mistake, sir. We’ve had lots of popes here, but you’re the first lawyer we’ve ever had.”