What is Epiphany for you?

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!
Roger Brown

Fr. Roger Brown writes..


Yesterday I read the obituary of Dr. David Jenkins, the former Bishop of Durham.  He was a very radical, passionate believer and teacher.  I remember hearing him speak at the General Synod about our understanding of the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection. He said the Resurrection was more than ‘a conjuring trick with bones’, that he was ‘not clear that God manoeuvres physical things but was clear that He works miracles through personal responses and faith’.

Bishop Jenkins challenged simplistic clichés and the way we often use words without thinking what they really mean.  Of course he was mocked by the media especially at Easter when he was accused of not believing in the traditional statement about the bodily Resurrection of Jesus.  As a statement of belief it poses more questions than it answers. Words matter and we need to use them with care.
A phrase that is used so very often is speaking of a dead person as having ‘passed away’.  We don’t pass away or pass to the other side.  We die.  Even today people try to avoid speaking about death.  At the heart of Christianity is the belief that Jesus died for our sins.  He didn’t ‘pass away’ for them.  He died.

So let us make sure we do use words with care and conviction.

Fr. Roger Brown