Here is today’s Gospel, from St Mark: ‘And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man, and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see men; but they look like trees, walking.” Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly. And he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”’

As well as praying for sight for the physically blind, we need also to pray for ‘sight to the inly blind’ as the hymn expresses it. Here are a couple of verses of that hymn: ‘Thou, whose almighty Word / Chaos and darkness heard, And took their flight: Hear us, we humbly pray, And where the gospel-day / Sheds not its glorious ray, Let there be light! // Thou who didst come to bring / on Thy redeeming wing, Healing and sight, Health to the sick in mind, / Sight to the inly blind: O now to all mankind / Let there be light!’

May God shed the light of His own beauty upon you this day, and may He bless you.