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That being said, what's your reasoning for this statement? Why would it detract from Christ for him to have been married. After all, he was 100% human, just as he was 100% divine. There is nothing immoral about him, a Jewish man, taking a wife; so why do you think it would detract from him to have done so?
Because the Father did not give Him (as true man) the vocation to Matrimony to one woman.
He Himself said:
Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom it is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.
Christ is married, but to Holy Church, who is His body and of whom He is Head.
For it is written: "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." On quoting this, St. Paul remarks: "this is a great sacrament, but I speak of Christ and the Church".
Christ gives His body to His bride: "this is my body which will be given up for you". We give our body to Him: "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own." Christ further instruct us on the consummation of Holy Communion: "He who eats my flesh abides in me, and I in him." Literally, the two become one flesh.
And St. Paul teaches on Matrimony: "A wife is not the master of her own body, but her husband is; in the same way a husband is not the master of his own body, but his wife is."
St. Paul also reminds us: "the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church".
It is the Forerunner, John the Baptist, who pre-announces that Christ is the divine Bridegroom, whose friend he is, and tha we, the Church, are the Bride:
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
The Revelation is even more clear:
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ...] And there came unto me one of the seven angels ...] saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem
St. Paul, finally, addresses the faithful leaving no doubt concerning this matter:
I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Therefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law, by the body of Christ; that you may be married to another, to him who is risen again from the dead, that we may bring forth fruit to God.