“They came to Jericho.” That is the opening sentence in today's gospel. I wanted us thinking about Jericho so that's why I shared the famous story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho. Julie and I passed through Jericho on our way from Cana and the Jordan River to Jerusalem when we visited Israel. Mary and Joseph would also have passed through Jericho on their way to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus and to Jerusalem for the high holy days. It is a common stopping off place on the journey and Jesus and the disciples in today's reading were leaving on their way to Jerusalem.
I want to make a link between the Old Testament story of the walls come tumbling down and today's healing of Bartimaeus.