Today is Epiphany! Have a merry and happy Epiphany! It isn’t just about the wise men. It’s the beginning of a whole season in which the scheduled Bible readings on Sunday deal with “epiphanies” of who Christ is: His baptism, in which the voice from Heaven says, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mathew 3:17); His first miracle; then other Gospel stories, culminating in the Transfiguration, in which the voice from Heaven again says, ““This is my beloved Son,with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 17: 5), bracketing Jesus’s ministry with the Father’s identification and favor.
I’m interested in the word “epiphany,” which is also a literary term (meaning a character’s or the reader’s moment of realization in a story) and a term referring to experiences of ordinary life, in which we suddenly see the significance of something.
After the jump, I post an excerpt from a dictionary on the various meanings and uses of “epiphany.” Read them and reflect on how even the seemingly non-religious uses of the term can apply to Jesus.