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Foolproof or fool’s proof?
We all like security: guarantees, warrantees, test results. Whether we’re buying a car or a decongestant, we want to know the product has been tested to do what it claims. “Show me!” “Prove it!” have become our watchwords. Armed with statistics and
good hard facts, we can make any decision foolproof. Almost.
Today’s gospel challenges our desire for proof. The rulers and first thief demanded evidence. “If he is God,” they said skeptically, “let him save himself.” Yet the evidence of Jesus’ miracles was already around them: people healed, raised from the dead, transformed spirits and lives. By seeking final, “fool’s proof” evidence, these doubters missed the simple truth the second thief saw so clearly. Belief and trust come first, before God works in our lives. We don’t get a stack of facts and verifiable test results, just a few simple stories about how God changes lives. It’s up to us to accept and believe. Like the second thief, we must reach out in faith, saying “Lord, remember me.” Then He will secure us a “foolproof” entrance to heaven. The question is, what kind of faith are we living today, foolproof or fool’s proof?
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Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.