Father John gets a message from the bishop that he will come and visit the parish.
Father John panics because he is living a life of luxury in a parish that has practically no one attending church.
So he goes to his maid and tells her they will have to get all the furniture out of the rectory.
So they arrange with a farmer to store all the furniture in his barn.
When the bishop comes Father John shows him around.
They start in the sitting room, "Why is there only a bale of straw to sit on. Why are there no sofas?" the bishop asks.
"Well" says Father John, "Jesus didn't have a sofa to sit, so I don't need one either."
This answer satisfies the bishop and they go on to the dining room. "Why is there no table?" the bishop asks.
"Well" says Father John "Jesus had no table so I don't need one either."
"But where do you eat then?" the bishop asks.
"Well my maid sits on her hands and knees and I eat off her back, when I'm finished we swap roles and she eats of my back. We despise luxury here."
Again this answer satisfies the bishop and they move on to the bedroom. This is again a room that has no furniture in it.
"But how do you sleep than." the bishop asks.
"Of we just flip over the table!" Father John replied.