Read Mark 10:46-52
10:46 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.
10:47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
10:48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
10:49 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."
10:50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.
10:51 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."
10:52 Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
From Mark 9 through to 10 Jesus is helping his disciples to see what kind of Kingdom he is inaugurating - and what kind of Messiah he is. Jericho will be Jesus last stop before Palm Sunday and his final journey to Jerusalem for crucifixion. As he arrives in Jericho a blind man who addresses Jesus as 'Son of David' receives his sight - a reminder in some way that these last days of Jesus life will be a chance to truly see.
Lord sometimes I don't see you at work in my life, not because you're absent but because I have trouble seeing. Have mercy on me, restore my sight - help me to see you again.
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