The English Martyrs (Presbytery) 2 East Street, Chard, Somerset, TA20 1EP
The English Martyrs, St Joseph’s and St Peter’s
Parish of The English Martyrs
One Family Parish
"The Blind Man Washes in the Pool of Siloam" (circa late 1890s)by James Tissot.Brooklyn Museum NY.
John 9:1-411As he went along, he saw amanwho had been blind from birth.2His disciples asked him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, thismanor his parents, that he should have been born blind?'3'Neither he nor hisparentssinned,'Jesusanswered, 'he was born blind so that the works ofGodmight be revealed in him.4'As long as day lasts we must carry out the work of the one who sent me; the nightwillsoon be here when no one can work.5As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.'6Having said this, he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man,7and said to him, 'Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam' (the name means 'one who has been sent'). So he went off and washed and came back able to see.8His neighbours and the people who used to see him before (for he was a beggar) said, 'Isn't this themanwho used to sit and beg?'9Some said, 'Yes, it is the same one.' Others said, 'No, but he looks just like him.' Themanhimself said, 'Yes, I am the one.'10So they said to him, 'Then how is it that your eyes were opened?'11He answered, 'ThemancalledJesusmade a paste, daubed my eyes with it and said to me, "Go off and wash at Siloam"; so I went, and when I washed I gained my sight.'12They asked, 'Where is he?' He answered, 'I don't know.'13They brought to thePhariseesthemanwho had been blind.14It had been aSabbathday whenJesusmade the paste and opened the man's eyes,15so when thePhariseesasked him how he had gained his sight, he said, 'He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.'16Then some of thePhariseessaid, 'Thatmancannot be from God: he does not keep the Sabbath.' Others said, 'How can a sinner produce signs like this?' And there was division among them.17So they spoke to the blindmanagain, 'What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?' Themananswered, 'He is a prophet.'18However, theJewswould not believe that themanhad been blind without first sending for theparentsof themanwho had gained his sight and19asking them, 'Is thismanreally the son of yours who you say was born blind? If so, how is it that he is now able to see?'20Hisparentsanswered, 'We know he is our son and we know he was born blind,21but how he can see, we don't know, nor who opened his eyes. Ask him. He is old enough: let him speak for himself.'22Hisparentsspoke like this out of fear of the Jews, who had already agreed to ban from thesynagogueanyone who should acknowledgeJesusas the Christ.23This was why hisparentssaid, 'He is old enough; ask him.'24So theJewssent for themanagain and said to him, 'Givegloryto God! We are satisfied that thismanis a sinner.'25Themananswered, 'Whether he is a sinner I don't know; all I know is that I was blind and now I can see.'26They said to him, 'What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?'27He replied, 'I have told you once and you wouldn't listen. Why do you want to hear it all again? Do you want to become his disciples yourselves?'28At this they hurled abuse at him, 'It is you who are his disciple, we are disciples of Moses:29we know thatGodspoke to Moses, but as for this man, we don't know where he comes from.'30Themanreplied, 'That is just what is so amazing! You don't know where he comes from and he has opened my eyes!31We know thatGoddoesn't listen to sinners, butGoddoes listen to people who are devout and do his will.32Ever since the world began it is unheard of for anyone to open the eyes of someone born blind;33if thismanwere not from God, he wouldn't have been able to do anything.'34They retorted, 'Are you trying to teach us, and you a sinner through and through ever since you were born!' And they ejected him.35Jesus heard they had ejected him, and when he found him he said to him, 'Do you believe in the Son of man?'36'Sir,' themanreplied, 'tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.'37Jesus said, 'You have seen him; he is speaking to you.'38Themansaid, 'Lord, I believe,' and worshipped him.39Jesus said: It is for judgement that I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see and those with sight may become blind.40Hearing this, somePhariseeswho were present said to him, 'So we are blind, are we?'41Jesus replied: If you were blind, you would not be guilty, but since you say, 'We can see,' your guilt remains.