We were going through the portion from the gospels telling us about the miracle on the road to Jericho, when blind Bartimaeus received his sight. This is the second part of the post that was published previous Monday on what are the lessons that we can learn from the episode.

Voice of the World v/s Voice of Jesus
“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. Mark 10: 48-50


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Mark 10:46, 47
Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Most of us are familiar with the story of Jesus healing the blind beggar(s). If not, I request you to go through this link. While Matthew (in 20:29-34) gives an account of not one but two blind men, Luke (in 18:35-43) mentions that Jesus was approaching Jericho (as against Matthew and Mark’s version of Jesus leaving Jericho). According to Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, this ‘discrepancy’ could be because of the presence of two Jerichos – Old and new – during that time, and the writers are narrating from the perspective of their location. To quote, Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, “Possibly it [supposed discrepancy] may arise from the two Jerichos—the old town on the ancient site, and the new semi-Herodian town which had sprung up at a little distance from it.” And so, going by the interpretations and the flow of events by the three writers, it is a safe assumption to make that all three evangelists – Mathew, Mark and Luke – are talking about the same miracle.


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It has been a while since I wrote my last blog. To put it mildly, things have been quite ‘active’ at the Varghese Residency. If the first pictures that came racing to your mind were that of some busy bodies at work inside a big bungalow, you’re requested to downgrade your imagination a bit. Varghese Residency is a 2 BHK on-loan home, where the eldest Varghese spent most of his time in bed recovering from a surgery, brother Varghese got a transfer back to Mumbai, and me – I quit.


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