Jumping to Conclusions

A priest was riding the subway when a drunken man sat down beside him. The man smelled of beer, his shirt was dirty, and he had a prominent hickey on his neck.

The drunk opened a newspaper and began reading. After a few minutes, he turned and whispered to the priest, “Say, father, do you know what makes people get arthritis?”

Irritated, the priest replied, “It comes from drinking, hanging out with the wrong kind of woman, and not taking care of your body.”

“Wow.” The drunk looked at his paper again.

As the train slowed for the next stop, the priest suddenly felt bad about what he’d said. “I’m sorry, son. I should have shown more charity to you. How long have you had arthritis?”

“Oh, I don’t have it. I was just reading here that the Pope does.”

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