Small Church April 2, 2023

Conversation Guide for April 2, 2023

Opener (Pick One)

Lenten Practice Check-In: If you adopted any particular spiritual practices during Lent, what has this been like?

Share a consolation and desolation from the past week.

Background to today’s Scripture

Although several accounts exist of Jesus healing one or more blind men, this account in Mark is the only one where the individual is named. The healing of Bartimaeus and Jesus’ triumphal entry, placed back-to-back in Mark’s gospel, share interesting parallels when heard together.

Read aloud Mark 10:46-11:11
Discussion Questions (Pick a few)
  • What details interest you in these stories?
  • What questions do you have?
  • Do you gain any insights from hearing these two events together?
Imaginative Contemplation: 

You are now invited to have your own encounter in your imagination with Jesus through the story of Bartimaeus. Click here to be led to experience this story with your different senses.

Discussion Questions (Pick a few)
  • What was the contemplative experience like for you?
  • What was good?
  • What was difficult?
  • What parts of the story stood out to you?
  • What was Jesus link?
  • What if anything did Jesus do?
  • If you feel comfortable, share what you asked Jesus to do for you and allow this to lead you into prayer for one another.


46-48 They spent some time in Jericho. As Jesus was leaving town, trailed by his disciples and a parade of people, a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting alongside the road. When he heard that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”

49-50 Jesus stopped in his tracks. “Call him over.”

They called him. “It’s your lucky day! Get up! He’s calling you to come!” Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus.

51 Jesus said, “What can I do for you?”

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “On your way,” said Jesus. “Your faith has saved and healed you.”

In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road.

Entering Jerusalem on a Colt

Chapter 11

 1-3 When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.’”

4-7 They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted.

8-10 The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out,

Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!
Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in highest heaven!

11 He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve.

from The Message