I'm way too busy teaching to be updating Xanga but since Jesus has been making headlines lately, I just HAD to say something.
Apparently a little slip of papyrus, just about the size of, say, a business card, was discovered: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/scholar-jesus-talks-wife-ancient-script-17287691
It seems to barely suggest that perhaps, maybe, Jesus had a wife and this strikes the world as what some might refer to as "a big deal." Some people are even excited that finally the Catholic Church will have to change its ways after 2000 years and all other kinds of conclusions are being jumped to.
But the Catholic Church, as well as this Catholic, and I imagine most sound Christians aren't really phased by this discovery. Why?
Because we already KNEW Jesus had a wife; He still does...
"So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said [that] I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice..." (John 3:26-29)
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body." (Ephesians 5:25-30)
I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Rev. 21:2)
One of the seven angels who held the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:9)
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory.
For the wedding day of the Lamb has come,
his bride has made herself ready.
She was allowed to wear
a bright, clean linen garment.”
(The linen represents the righteous deeds of the holy ones.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write this:
Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.”
And he said to me, “These words are true; they come from God.” (Rev. 19:7-9)