“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous,and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Prophets are above all truth tellers and we all need truth tellers in our lives who courageously, with love, always tell us the hard truths about ourselves. Sometimes we are initially unable to hear these truths and spurn the person, but over time we come to appreciate them so much. These situations are often difficult for both sides, but with God’s grace are very important.
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is a chair of the Theology Department at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.
Dear Jesus, grant me a sincere loving heart to tell the truth to those I love, and an open, humble heart to listen to those truths about myself even when it can be painfully hard for me to hear.
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi