Those have wealth and power believe they have the right to define how society is and how it should be. Theirs is the only narrative in town.
The powerful exhibit a wilful blindness to the reality of the poor and marginalised. They refuse to see truth and they devise myths which are designed to give credence to their right to rule and offer a rationale as to why the poor are bad.
Jesus knows about life in the margins. His birth, infancy and early life were in the margins. He chose the wilderness at his Baptism. He affirms the community lives of poor Galilean villages.
The truth has to be told and Jesus turns his attention to challenging the myths of the elite. He wants them to see those things they refuse to acknowledge.
After celebrating and encouraging the life of the Kingdom in the marginal places Jesus throws down a challenge which leads him into conflict with the ruling authorities. The collusion of the religious rulers with the state and the empire is shown to be as it is – a shallow attempt to compromise for the sake of retaining some power and status.
The religious leaders are exposed as unjust and godless liars and not even their links to the ruling elites can protect their authority.
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