In this episode David and John discuss Jesus’ somewhat controversial statement that “The Poor you will Always Have with you, but you will not always have me.” (John 12:8; Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7. This passage or this saying of Jesus has often been used to justify the non-involvement of the church with social justice or poverty alleviation or to make proclamation or preaching the priority of the church, effectively this is often at the expense of caring for the poor or working for a more just community.

David and John examine the Old Testament background to this passage? Question our exegesis which often comes from a point of privilege? Discuss what Jesus and the early church understand by this statement, in particular the apparent priority given by Jesus to preaching over justice. How did the early church understand this passage? What does it mean for us today as we grapple with the relationship between evangelism and social action?

Audio produced by Exilic Music

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