Last Sunday, the lectionary placed us outside Jericho, where Jesus would encounter and heal a blind man. He was a person who had only heard about Jesus but who believed the word that he had heard. The blind man was the good soil, if you will, of the parable of the sower. He wanted to see again. Jesus does not touch him—no spitting this time as earlier in Mark. Jesus said to him only these words, “Go. Your faith has saved you.” But the evangelist tells us, “Immediately he regained his sight.” But the good soil does not turn back to Jericho. He joins the disciples who are journeying with Jesus to Jerusalem. Today the lectionary leaps forward from the gate of Jericho to almost the end of the Tuesday before the crucifixion.