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.”’

This healing by Jesus takes place in two stages: first, the blind man sees men but they ‘look like trees, walking’; and then the full miracle follows. It is often so with ourselves, that we are healed not all at once, but gradually, as we are able to receive the enormous change that wholeness brings. There is also the healing of ‘inner blindness’, a restoring of our perceptive faculties, enabling us to ‘see’ situations and people afresh.

May God grant us true wholeness in the ways that only He knows, and may God bless you this day.