When Jesus and his students were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed them (159).
Two blind beggars were sitting by the road & heard that Jesus was passing by; one of them was named Bartimaeus. The two blind men began to shout, “Jesus, son of David! Have mercy on us, sir!”
People in the crowd scolded them & told them to shut up. But they shouted even more loudly, “Jesus, son of David! Have mercy on us, sir!”
Jesus stopped and called for them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked them when they were brought to him. “Sir,” they answered, “we want you to restore our sight.”
Jesus had compassion for them; he touched their eyes & at once they were able to see.
He said to them, “Your faith in God has made you well.”
Then they, too, began following Jesus. And when they saw all this, many more people began praising God.
(159) Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43