1. In chapter 2 of Shopping, Michelle Gonzalez discusses a story from the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus calls on a rich young man to give up all his possessions and follow him, and instead the rich young man turns away. Gonzales claims that the point of the story is not that all Christians should give up their possessions or to glorify poverty. What is the purpose of the story, according to Gonzalez?
2. In chapter 2 of Shopping, Michelle Gonzalez analyzes a story in Chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus describes the last judgment, where the “sheep” and the “goats” will be separated from one another. She explains that often people ignore the part of the story where the sheep and goats are separated. Why does she believe this part is often left out, and why does she believe it is nevertheless important?
3. In chapter 2 of Shopping, Michelle Gonzalez lists three themes of Catholic social teaching that she believes are particularly relevant for thinking about shopping. In the chart below, explain how she defines each of the three themes: