They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.Mark 10:46-52
The pitiable cries of the poor, blind Bartimaeus pierced the heart of Jesus in the midst of the noisy crowd trying to silence him. The beggar belonged to the unwanted, forgotten, and discarded of society—the very apple of the Father’s eye. The Son of God opened his eyes to behold the face of the Father who loved him, for “whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Physical and spiritual sight were restored to Bartimaeus as he followed Jesus on a new journey of faith.