Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.12
He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice2 against my adversary.'4"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care what people think,5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!' "36
And the Lord 4 said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out5 to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off ?8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man6 comes,7 will he find faith on the earth?"
To some who were confident of their own righteousness8 and looked down on everyone else,9 Jesus told this parable:
10"Two men went up to the temple to pray,10 one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11The Pharisee stood by himself11 and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.12I fast12 twice a week and give a tenth13 of all I get.'13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast14 and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'1514"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."16
People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.17Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child17 will never enter it."
A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"1819"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.20You know the commandments: 'You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'a "1921
"All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor,20 and you will have treasure in heaven.21 Then come, follow me."23
When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.
Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!2225Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God."26
Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
Jesus replied, "What is impossible with human beings is possible with God."2328
Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"2429"Truly I tell you," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God30will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come25 eternal life."26
Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem,27 and everything that is written by the prophets28 about the Son of Man29 will be fulfilled.32He will be delivered over to the Gentiles.30 They will mock him, insult him and spit on him;33they will flog him31 and kill him.32 On the third day33 he will rise again."3434
The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.35
As Jesus approached Jericho,36 a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."3738
He called out, "Jesus, Son of David,38 have mercy39 on me!"
Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"4040
Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,
41"What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.
Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."4143
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.42