Ah-Ha! It’s the moment of sudden realization. A spiritual flash. A revealing scene that opens the door to comprehension or perceptions. You have probably had one —an encounter that changes the way you see things. Or changes the way you see yourself. It may reorder your work flow, solve problems, create understanding, or unblock your conscience. Yep, that’s an epiphany.
This is the season we celebrate epiphanies. Not just our own, but those moments in our history when the cosmic Spiritual Flash was experienced collectively. When the abstract idea of God became fact and action in Jesus, and the people around him began to see things differently, began to see themselves differently.
The Epiphany, the big one, is celebrated annually on January 6 each year, in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. The season of Epiphany continues by looking at various events that emphasize the divinity of Jesus. The Baptism of our Lord is observed on the Sunday after Epiphany. The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is always devoted to the Transfiguration, when Jesus’ identity as the Son of God is dramatically revealed.
The themes of Epiphany are of light, anointing and commissioning for public ministry. This season of the church year gives opportunity to reflect upon our own Baptism and rededicate ourselves to the ministry of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, which requires changing the way we see things, and especially how we see ourselves.