The Epiphany of the Lord

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One definition of “epiphany” from Webster’s On-Line Dictionary:

3 a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure b : a revealing scene or moment.

The arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem certainly fits this definition.  The Wise Men discovered the essential nature and meaning of the Baby’s birth as soon as they laid eyes on Him.  It was an event both simple and striking.  What could be simpler than a baby born in a cattle stall and what could be more striking than the human birth of the Son of God?

As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany we hope to have our own Epiphany, our own perception of the meaning of the birth of the Lord.  In some ways our human minds just aren’t big enough to take it all in.  But if we have the gift of faith, then we know in our hearts, if not in our minds, what it all means.  We know, but we’re constantly seeking to know more.

Hopefully our lives are a series of many epiphanies ending with the biggest one of all when we stand before God and everything will everything will be crystal clear.

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