2 Mar 2008
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the manâ€™s eyes, saying to him, â€œGo, wash in the pool of Siloamâ€ (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.
The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, â€œIs this not the man who used to sit and beg?â€ Some were saying, â€œIt is he.â€ Others were saying, â€œNo, but it is someone like him.â€ He kept saying, â€œI am the man.â€
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, â€œHe put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.â€ Some of the Pharisees said, â€œThis man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.â€ But others said, â€œHow can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?â€ And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, â€œWhat do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.â€ He said, â€œHe is a prophet.â€ They answered him, â€œYou were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?â€ And they drove him out.
Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, â€œDo you believe in the Son of Man?â€ He answered, â€œAnd who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.â€ Jesus said to him, â€œYou have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.â€ He said, â€œLord, I believe.â€ And he worshiped him.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.