The man who was blind went off and washed himself and came away with his sight restored.

A reading from the holy gospel according to John 9:1, 6-12, 35-38

One day as Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind since birth. Jesus spit on the ground.

He made some mud and smeared it on the man’s eyes.

Then he said, “Go and wash off the mud in Siloam Pool.” The man went and washed in Siloam, which means “One Who Is Sent.” When he had washed off the mud, he could see.

The man’s neighbors and the people who had seen him begging wondered if he really could be the same man. Some of them said he was the same beggar, while others said he only looked like him. But he told them, “I am that man.”

“Then how can you see?” they asked.

He answered, “Someone named Jesus made some mud and smeared it on my eyes. He told me to go and wash it off in Siloam Pool. When I did, I could see.”

“Where is he now?” they asked. “I don’t know,” he answered.

When Jesus heard what had happened, he went and found the man.

Then Jesus asked, “Do you have faith in the Son of Man?” He replied, “Sir, if you will tell me who he is, I will put my faith in him.”

“You have already seen him,” Jesus answered, “and right now he is talking with you.” The man said, “Lord, I put my faith in you!” Then he worshiped Jesus.

The gospel of the Lord