Pool of Siloam: a Divine Moment

John 9:1-7  Photo: Recently discovered steps around the genuine Pool of Siloam

“Why are some people born blind?” This is the way most people would ask the question today. But the disciples asked it differently; “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Associating sin with medical disorders was common in Bible days. Jesus’ reply is informative; “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Like the disciples, many Christians today are quick to generalize saying ‘all sickness is due to sin’ or ‘sickness has nothing to do with sin,’ but Jesus evaluated each case separately claiming sin was the cause in some situations (Jn 5.14) but not others. He relied on his Father to inform him case by case. More