One commentator calls the “woes” in Matthew 23 one of the most painful passages in the New Testament because of how Jesus’ words caricature Jewish leaders. Blind theologian John M. Hull points out the third, fourth, and fifth woes also paint a negative picture of the blind. Likely these metaphorical uses of blindness are an extension of Matthew 15:14, a passage about the blind leading the blind, who both land in a pit. This is a sneer at the mobility problems of the blind and perpetuates negative stereotypes about those who are sight-impaired, says Hull. “Unfortunately, churches are seldom notable for the sensitivity of their members toward disabled people,” Hull says (Theology, January/February).