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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
68

They were going up on the way to Jerusalem;
Jesus was leading them.
They were surprised, while those following were afraid.

Taking aside again the twelve he began to tell them
what was about to happen to him:
"Look, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and everything written through the prophets
about the human son will be completed;
for the human son will be given over
to the high priests and the scholars;
they will condemn him to death
and give him over to the nations,
and they will mock him and spit on him
and whip him and kill him;
and on the third day he will rise."

None of them understood these things;
this saying was hidden from them,
and they did not know what he meant.

Then the mother of James and John,
the two sons of Zebedee,
approached him with her sons bowing and asking him,
"Teacher, we wish that whatever we ask you, you do for us."

He said to them, "What do you wish me to do for you?"

She said to him, "Grant that
these two sons of mine may sit one on your right
and one on your left in your sovereignty."

Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the cup which I am about to drink,
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"

They said to him, "We can."

Jesus said to them, "The cup which I drink you will drink,
and with the baptism with which I am baptized
you will be baptized;
but to sit on my right or on my left is not mine to grant,
but it is for those
for whom it has been prepared by my Father."

The ten hearing began to be
indignant about James and John.
Calling them forward Jesus said to them,
"You know that those thinking to rule the nations
lord it over them,
and their great ones exercise authority over them.
But it is not so among you;
instead whoever wishes to become great among you,
shall be your servant,
and whoever wishes to be first among you,
shall be slave of all;
just as the human son did not come to be served,
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

They came to Jericho.
As he and his disciples and a considerable crowd
were going out of Jericho,
the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar,
was sitting beside the road.
Hearing a crowd passing through
he inquired what this might be.
They reported to him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by.

So he cried out, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!"
The ones leading reprimanded him so that he would be quiet;
but he shouted even more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Stopping, Jesus said, "Call him."

They called the blind one saying to him,
"Courage; rise; he calls you."
Throwing away his garment and jumping up he came to Jesus.

Jesus questioned him,
"What do you want that I may do for you?"

The blind one said to him, "Rabbi, that I may see again."

Feeling compassion Jesus touched his eyes
and said, "Go, your faith has saved you."

Immediately he saw again,
and he followed him on the road praising God.
Also all the people seeing gave praise to God.

68. Request of James and John Harmony 68 * Interpretation 68
69. Parable of the Talents Harmony 69 * Synthesis 69 * Interpretation 69

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