It is, perhaps, relatively easy to dismiss an unwelcome message or difficult teaching, when the teacher’s life is clearly at variance with what he/she propounds. This is what so frustrated Jesus’ opponents—his life unfailingly mirrored the truth of the words he spoke. Accordingly, they were left to try and discredit his teaching and, in today’s gospel, accuse him of blasphemy—thereby invalidating his teaching while simultaneously feeling righteous about it. Alas, we succumb to the same temptation when we shield ourselves from the truth by discrediting the one who speaks that truth. Unfortunately, unlike Jesus, fallible human beings can speak the truth even while their lives contradict it. It thus takes a person of maturity, integrity, and one keen to live in the truth, who is able to remain open to correction or critique expressed by a brother/sister—even when his/her motivation seems suspect, and his/her life contradicts his/her words. These final days of Lent are thus timely for making renewed efforts to remain open and, indeed, welcome the brother/sister who corrects us or points out our blind spots—even when his/her own blind spots seem to disqualify him/her for this important task.