Siloé is an interconfessionnal, non-profit-making association with a Christian ethic.
Why the name of Siloé ? John 9.1-11 (The Bible)
On His way, Jesus met a born blind man. Jesus spat on the floor and made mud out of His saliva. Then He put the mud on the eyes of the blind man and said to him :
“Go, and wash yourself in the reservoir of Siloé”.
The blind man went there, washed himself, and went back seeing clearly. Couldn’t Jesus simply have prayed for this man so that he could immediately recover sight?
As far as we are concerned, isn’t the Lord always healing us instantaneously ? As a matter of fact, we are very often like this born blind man who had to show courage and willingness to get to the reservoir of Siloé.
The text doesn’t tell us how far was the the reservoir, in which condition was the road, how long did it take to the blind man to get there, how many people helped him on his way, whether he was alone, who witnessed his journey or who had the joy to be present at his healing.
The counselling centre is called Siloé because people who desire to receive help have to make an act of courage, of perseverance and of faith.
On the way to healing, we will maybe find ourselves at the beginning of a process, or halfway there, or we will perhaps be there to help the person washing their eyes and so witness an healing.
Siloam tunnel, described in the Old Testament, was located by Israeli researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Radiocarbon testing confirmed that it was built around 700 BC, as suggested by the biblical writings. The Scriptures mention twice in the Book of Kings and the Book of Chronicles, this tunnel built under the reign of King Hezekiah (727-698 BC).
The passage, which connects Jerusalem to the Gihon Spring, was to guarantee water supply of the city in case of siege of the Assyrians. The tunnel more than 516 meters long passes still under the old city of Jerusalem and is one of the oldest designed without intermediate shafts.
A fine example of Hebrew writing at the time of King Hezekiah is engraved on a rock near Siloam (registration describing the construction of an underground tunnel bringing water to Jerusalem and culminating in the pool pool of Siloam).