Was Jesus married?
Theologians have been debating the question anew since an ancient papyrus fragment was recently discovered on which Jesus is quoted as saying, "my wife …"
If the entire quote had surfaced, I think it would have read, "Take my wife, please," but I could be wrong about that.
While I have no idea if Jesus was married or not, the debate has to get you thinking about what it would have been like being married to Jesus.
It couldn't have been easy.
Picture said wife coming home from her first date with Jesus and being grilled by her mother.
"So what does he do? Son of God, really? Can you make a living at that?"
The in-laws would be another challenge for Jesus' wife. Talk about pressure, how'd you like to have God over for Sunday dinner?
Being married to Jesus would definitely be exciting at first. I mean, handsome guy, popular, adoring fans, walking on water.
But at some point the novelty would have had to start wearing off as the day-in, day-out reality of being married settle in.
Obviously, there would be a lot of opportunities for friction.
"You going out with your disciples again tonight? That's four times this week. Well, this better be your last supper because I'm sick of sitting home alone every night. And that Judas friend of yours? I don't trust him."
And what about that bickering married couples do. Can't you see Jesus and the Mrs. out to dinner with another couple and he's telling a story and she's interrupting:
"You didn't feed 5,000 people, it was only maybe, 3,000 at the most. Trust me on this, I was doing the serving, a lot of people came through the line twice.
"Now, you want to talk about a nice miracle, changing the water into wine, now that was a good one. Next time, though, maybe a Pino with just a hint of sass."
On the domestic front, I have trouble seeing Mrs. Jesus telling her hubby to take out the garbage, or pick up after himself, or run to the store, or get out of bed and go see what that noise was.
Nor, after an argument, can I ever see Him banished to the living room sofa.
And, you know, forget about having a headache.