3 Sun Apr 2011
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, â€œRabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?â€ Jesus answered, â€œNeither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that Godâ€™s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.â€ 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€ But they kept asking him, â€œThen how were your eyes opened?â€ He answered, â€œThe man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, â€˜Go to Siloam and wash.â€™ Then I went and washed and received my sight.â€ They said to him, â€œWhere is he?â€ He said, â€œI do not know.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€ The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, â€œIs this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?â€ His parents answered, â€œWe know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.â€ His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, â€œHe is of age; ask him.â€ So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, â€œGive glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.â€ He answered, â€œI do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.â€ They said to him, â€œWhat did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?â€ He answered them, â€œI have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?â€ Then they reviled him, saying, â€œYou are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.â€ The man answered, â€œHere is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.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.
Jesus said, â€œI came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.â€ Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, â€œSurely we are not blind, are we?â€ Jesus said to them, â€œIf you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, â€˜We see,â€™ your sin remains.
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.