A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.
As Jesus left Jericho with the disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus -that is, begot of Timaeus – a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, “Heir of David, Jesus, have pity on me.” And many of them scolded him and told him to be quiet, but he only shouted the louder, “Heir of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man. “Courage,” they said. “Get up; Jesus is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, Bartimaeus jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke: “What do you want me to do for you?” “Rabbuni,” the blind man said, “I want to see.” Jesus replied, “Go, your faith has saved you.” And immediately Bartimaeus received the gift of sight and began to follow Jesus along the road.
The Good News as spoken through Mark.