It is strange that sometimes we can come across the word ‘Epiphany’ in the text of a newspaper article, such as ‘It was then I had an epiphany moment’.
The Greek word Epiphany means “showing forth” or “manifestation”.
The story of the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus is intended to demonstrate or show forth that Jesus is for the whole of human kind. So to have an “epiphany moment” is a way of saying, to use a more day to day expression, that “the penny dropped”. It is a realisation, a sudden awareness of something important that had previously been hidden.
The story of the wise men adorns our Christmas cards and is the subject of some favourite carols. But what about everyday life? What about 2017? Can we be instruments of Epiphany moments for other people in helping them to see Jesus Christ not as a figure of history but a presence in our day to day lives?
Our task is to “show forth” Christ whenever and however we can by acts of love and consideration for other people.
Epiphany Blessings to you all for the New Year!