Jesus took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, "Listen! We are going to Jerusalem where everything the prophets wrote about the Son of Man will come true.
He will be handed over to the Gentiles, who will make fun of him, insult him, and spit on him.
They will whip him and kill him, but three days later he will rise to life."
But the disciples did not understand any of these things; the meaning of the words was hidden from them, and they did not know what Jesus was talking about.
As Jesus was coming near Jericho, there was a blind man sitting by the road, begging.
When he heard the crowd passing by, he asked, "What is this?"
"Jesus of Nazareth is passing by," they told him.
He cried out, "Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!"
The people in front scolded him and told him to be quiet. But he shouted even more loudly, "Son of David! Have mercy on me!"
So Jesus stopped and ordered the blind man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,
"What do you want me to do for you?" "Sir," he answered, "I want to see again."