As we approach Easter, the Momma of the Man Cave would like to weigh in on this:
“On September 18, 2012, HDS Professor Karen L. King announced the existence of a papyrus fragment dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” at the International Coptic Congress in Rome.” – Harvard Divinity School web site
Now, there’s plenty of debate as to whether the papyrus is authentic, whether or not “wife” refers to an actual female life partner or to the church. I can’t say WHICH analysis is correct here…
… But I CAN shed light on what likely FOLLOWED what Professor King found: ““Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’”
….And she said unto Jesus, her husband, “How many people did you invite-ith to dinner?”
And he said-eth unto his wife, “12.”
“All TWELVE of your buddies?”
“Yes.” He said-eth.
“OK. But this is the LAST SUPPER I’m serving to you and your friends.”
Please note this is all in fun. CLEARLY Jesus appreciated and respected women: Luke 10:38-42. Let’s expand on that a bit.
According to Luke: 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Sometimes as moms and wives we get distracted by the everyday “busy” stuff. There’s always another project at our outside-the-home jobs… always another task to finish up once we GET home.
But to me, the scripture says- Hey, Martha. You’re losing focus.
Life is about filling our souls with what’s important. Love. Family. Playing video games with your kids while the dishes sit in the sink a little longer. Holding hands with your husband for just a few more minutes before you leave for work. Asking yourself what would really fulfill you in your career and how to make it happen. And asking the God you believe in for guidance.
I’d like to think “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” continues this way:
“Sit-eth down.” He said. “I’ve told my friends to bring over the food and drink. Few know how much time they have on this earth, let alone how much time they have together. Hold my hand for just a little bit longer.”