“Jesus said to him, ‘If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’” Matthew 19: 21 Recently, Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation, in which he decries capitalism.
“In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”Jesus wasn’t very frugal anyway, always giving things away to help the poor and whatnot, so he wouldn’t have had money saved up to buy presents. But we know he liked to party, so he could perform some cool magic tricks for you at dinner.