Jesus cures the man born blind.

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Title:Jesus cures the man born blind
Notes:JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.

In this simply beautiful painting of one of Jesus’ healings, we see a caring Jesus bend over a blind man holding his walking stick. From the story in John’s gospel, we know that the religious leaders struggle with accepting Jesus’ activity and Jesus responds saying, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” The Pharisees do not look at the blind man as a person, but as a symbol and Jesus points out their error. We are reminded that we should see the humanity in all people, refusing to use them for our own ends. We must look past our own issues and see the individuals.


Scripture:John 9:1-41
Isaiah 42:1-9
Matthew 11:2-11
Mark 10:46-52
Lectionary links:BProp25
General Subject:Healing
Culture: African
Culture: Black
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Cameroon

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Attribution:JESUS MAFA. Jesus cures the man born blind, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 20, 2024]. Original source: (contact page:
Record Number:48383 Last Updated: 2022-05-05 11:53:06 Record Created: 2006-12-21 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition