In the opening sentence of his Gospel St. Luke told us that he was not an eyewitness to any of the events he recorded. He said that he went to the original eyewitnesses. One of those was St. Mark, and sometimes Mark’s account tells us interesting things that Luke left out. That is the case with the story about the blind man of Jericho.
Mark told us that the blind man’s name was Bartimaeus, and since he was writing for people of the Jerusalem Christian community, he reminded them that Bartimaeus was the son of Timaeus, a man whom the people had come to know.
Also, it is of interest that Mark told us that after Jesus told Batimaeus, “Go, your way, your faith has saved you” Bartimaeus didn’t go his way. Instead, he became one of the followers of Jesus.
If and when our blindness is cured we like Barimaeus should become true followers of Christ.
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