Jesus Curses a Tree and Clears the Town

The next day Jesus saw in the distance a Christmas tree all lit up, he went to find out if it had any meaning. When he reached it, he found nothing but meaningless trinkets, because it was not the season for righteousness and justice. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever enjoy you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
Jesus entered the town and began driving out those who were buying and selling Christmas presents there. He overturned the counters in the banks and the window displays of those selling Christmas cards, and would not allow anyone to carry wrapped presents through the church. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of greed.’”
The vicars and shopkeepers heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the town.
 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the Christmas tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The Christmas tree you cursed has withered!”
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this materialism, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
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