They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let me see again." Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
esus is on his way to Jerusalem with his disciples and other pilgrims. Bartimaeus hears that Jesus is passing by and shouts to grab his attention. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” Jesus stood still, and called him. Forthright, humble and direct Bartimaeus springs to his feet and pleads with Jesus: “let me see again.” Jesus responds: “Go; your faith has made you well." Instantly his sight is restored, he follows Jesus.
Mark is the master of detail and human interest. In quick strokes he captures the scene: the blind Bartimaeus, his shouting to attract attention, the irritation of the crowd telling him to shut up, his springing to his feet as Jesus calls him. The fickle crowd now encouraging him: “he is calling you”. A man of faith, he welcomes Jesus message and becomes a disciple.
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries