The Liturgical Season of Epiphany
We are at the start of the season in the church we call. Epiphany, which begins on January 6th. It is when we remember and honor the Magi, or Wise Men who followed the star seeking the “King of the Jews” They came following a star in the heavens. We know that story, but if you asked the “man on the street” what epiphany meant you might get a blank stare or some explanation that is reflective of the definition of epiphany found in the dictionary! Here is the third set of definitions found in Webster’s Dictionary. It reflects the more secular, and worldly way of understanding the term: Definition of epiphany
“3a(1): a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something
(2): an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking
(3): an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
b: a revealing scene or moment”
But if someone doesn’t know the definition of Epiphany and they turn to the dictionary, the first and second definition is this:
1: January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ
2: an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being.
The dictionary does the very thing that we should be doing—sharing our faith and understanding of who Jesus Christ is and how he came for everyone! May we be just as diligent in seeking Jesus Christ and just as willing to share the “Good News” with others.
This season lasts until Ash Wednesday and the first Sunday of Lent as then we prepare our hearts and lives to be purified and strengthened in our faith and witness.
Hopefully, you are as blessed and as excited about Jesus being our Messiah, the Christ as those who travelled so far to find him!
Rev Les Peine
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