Narrative Lectionary 429
3 JesusI answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’sJ works might be revealedK in him. 4 We must workL the works of him who sentM me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world,N I am the lightO of the world.”
6 When he had said this, he spat on the groundP and made mudQ with the saliva and spreadR the mud on the man’s eyes, 7 saying to him, “Go,S washT in the poolU of Siloam”V (which meansW Sent).X Then he went and washed and came back able to see.Y
8 The neighborsZ and those who had seenAA him before as a beggarBB began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”
9 Some were saying, “It is he.”
Others were saying, “No,CC but it is someone like him.”
He kept saying, “I am the man.”
10 But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”
11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.”DD
12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”EE
13 They broughtFF to the PhariseesGG the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a sabbathHH day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight.
He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observeII the sabbath.”
But others said, “How can a man who is a sinnerJJ perform such signs?”KK And they were divided.LL 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”
He said, “He is a prophet.”MM
18 The JewsNN did not believeOO that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 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.PP He will speak for himself.”
22 His parents said this because they were afraidQQ of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreedRR that anyone who confessedSS Jesus to be the MessiahTT would be put out of the synagogue.UU 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; askVV him.”
24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give gloryWW to God! We know that this man is a sinner.”
25 He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? DoXX you also want to become his disciples?”
28 Then they reviledYY him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.ZZ 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”
30 The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing!AAA You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worshipsBBB him and obeys his will.CCC 32 Never since the world beganDDD has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34 They answered him, “You were born entirelyEEE in sins,FFF and are you trying to teachGGG us?” And they drove him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he foundHHH him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 He answered, “And who is he, sir?III Tell me, so that I may believe in him.”
37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.”
38 He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshipedJJJ him.
39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgmentKKK so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”
40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?”
41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.LLL
Image Credit: “Healing of the Blind Man” by Carl Bloch, 1871.