46As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho,
Bartimaeus son of Timaeus,
a blind beggar,
was sitting by the roadside.
47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
Bartimaeus began to shout out and say,
“Jesus, Son of David,
have mercy on me!”
48Many sternly ordered Bartimaeus to be quiet,
but he cried out even more loudly,
“Son of David, have mercy on me!”49Jesus stood still and said,
“Call him here.”And they called the blind man,
saying to him,
he is calling you.”50So throwing off his cloak,
he sprang up
and came to Jesus.51Then 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.”52Jesus said to him,
your faith has made you well.”
Immediately he regained his sight
and followed Jesus on the way.
Queeries for the text:
Why do names matter?
What does mercy look like today?
Who is sternly ordering others to be quiet today? Who is crying out today?
How do personhood and identity interact?
Does Bartimaeus have a flare for the dramatic? Did he miss his calling to theater?
What would Jesus do if Bartimaeus had wanted others to create more accessible spaces instead?
Why does Bartimaeus get to keep following Jesus when others couldn't?
How much faith is needed to make our world well?
What are your queeries?