By Fr John Musther, Orthodox Parish Priest, Keswick.
“It is all a matter of perception” is a commonly used phrase, and many of us know the story of two men in a prison cell, looking out of their tiny, barred window. One saw mud, the other saw stars.
In the New Testament, we read that Christ healed a man who had been born blind. The healed man was asked many questions about Christ, by the rulers. He did not know the answers to most, but finally he exclaimed, “One thing I know! I was born blind, but now I see.”
This year has been a time when many of our perceptions about life have been challenged and shaken. The ground beneath our feet is no longer firm or predictable, if indeed it ever really was.
Whether through the opportunity to reflect, through solitude, through greater appreciation of creation, through illness or loss, through uncertainty about future employment, or even through desperation and fear, we are all refocussing. Maybe our vision will be sharper and clearer as we begin to move forward with tentative steps.
For Christians, the central perception in life is through the eye of faith. This acts as a prism to see Christ: crucified, resurrected and ascended to God the Father, and Who, through The Holy Spirit, brings healing to the hearts of humankind.