A man born blind — John 9 (part one)

This year we’ve looked at two encounters with Jesus as recorded in John’s Gospel: the Samaritan woman in John 4 (in May) and the lame man by the pool in John 5 (last week). We’re about to read yet another encounter, that of the man born blind (John 9). It seems this is intended to be read as a parallel story to last week’s, in which we are invited to compare the responses of the two men who were healed by Jesus—both to be challenged about how we have responded to Jesus, and also in how we journey together with others who are checking Jesus out.

The story

Let’s go through the story now:

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