Just think. For three years, you’ve been out doing the Lord’s work. “On the job training,” Jesus called it. You come home for a few days rest and relaxation. You’d think the wife would be happy to see you. But here’s what you get.
Mrs. Saint Peter runs out to meet her husband. Hugs him. “I’ve missed you a lot.”
Saint Peter hugs his wife real good. “I’ve missed you too, Agatha. It’s been three years on the road. I sure could use one of your extra special back rubs and a pile of your homecooking. And it’s been three years since I’ve had a good bath.”
“I can tell.” They walk hand in hand back to the two bedroom house Saint calls home. “Well, it’s good to have you back.”
“But you know what? Jesus—”
“You’re home for good?” she interrupts as they walk into the living room.
“He rose from the dead. It was the most amazing—”
“There’s so much work to be done around here,” she says enthusiastically, her voice full of hope.
“thing,” he finishes his sentence. “And He put me in charge. I sure have a lot to do. It’s not—”
“The roof needs mending and there’s the boat to patch. Things have just gone to rot since you left.”
“BUT WOMAN, I CAN’T STAY. I HAVE TO LEAD THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS.”
“Don’t shout. It’s not the Christian thing to do.”
“Well, He put me in charge.” Saint is adamant now.
“Jesus did what?” Hands on her waist, she stares at him with disbelief.
“Jesus left me in charge,” he says with pride, a big grin on his face. “He even called me Rock.”
She laughs. “Rockhead more likely. If Jesus left you in charge, he sure made a big mistake.”
Peter’s face is starting to turn red from anger. “You never did believe in me. And you just don’t understand.”
“Understand? What’s there to understand? All I know is there’s a lot of work around here that needs doing and you’re never around to help.”
“Woman, all you do is—nag, nag, nag. Tar the roof, mend the floor, fix the wall, hinge the door. Catch the fish, sail the boat, paint the house. I’m a joke.”
“Peter, Peter, I wish you could hear yourself. All you do is brag, brag, brag. Walk the sea, heal the blind, change the water into wine. Thousands fed, raise the dead. He chose you, you dumpy head.”
Saint storms out of the house. “I don’t know why I ever came back, Nagatha.”
“Me neither. You never change.” She stands at the door.
“That’s not true. I do change.”
“Peter, you’re a good man, but you’re awfully hard-headed.”
“I’m not going to stay here and listen to this. I’ll go where I’m appreciated. And can be in charge. I’ll see you in three more years.” He stalks off into the darkness. “Women.”
“Men! Hmph!” She slams the door.