epiphany noun

UK ​ /ɪˈpɪf.ən.i

1)a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you

2)a powerful religious experience

That’s what the Cambridge dictionary says about Epiphany.

The period of time between Christmas and Lent is called the season of Epiphany, and the colour of the church at this time is Green.

We all have those moments when we suddenly “get it”, when we suddenly understand something that previously eluded us.

Epiphany is a time to celebrate those times when we and others have become aware of Christ, the Son of God. A most notable epiphany is when the Wise Men are led by a star to the home of a grubby toddler, sitting on Mary’s knee, and find themselves bowing and responding with magnificent gifts, as they understand that they are indeed in the presence of God.

For me, I understand an epiphany as being the point at which our focus or awareness changes and we realise that the ordinary has just become extraordinary and we are aware of the presence of God. Rev Jack Humphrey says that it is a moment when a new creation, a new humanity, bursts in on this old creation, changing everything. Fr Jim Minchin explains the moment of epiphany as a delightful recognition of God working in unexpected situations, and Wayne nodded his head and agreed that it is a sudden discovery or insight. Each of us understands our mysterious God in different ways, don’t we?

We have 7 weeks of Epiphany this year, and there will be many chances to go “epiphany hunting”, for the season’s readings are full of them. Check the readings, watch the world around you, be ready and listening to spot the Holy Spirit at work causing God’s presence to break into our everyday lives.

God bless you and all those you pray for.



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